Death at the New Hanover County Detention Facility

On Monday, September 24, 2012, Judith Kay Balloon, a 55 year old black female, died in the medical unit of the New Hanover County Detention Facility.  Balloon was assigned to the Medical Observation room due to a pre-existing condition.  Shortly after 1:00 am Balloon stated she was having trouble breathing.  As medical staff was assisting Balloon with her breathing she became unresponsive.  CPR was administered until emergency personnel arrived.  EMS personnel pronounced Balloon dead at 2:11 am.  Sheriff Detectives responded and began their investigation.  The SBI and the DA’s Office were also contacted.  Balloon was in the Detention Facility awaiting trial for drug charges. 


Judith Kay Balloon

55 year old black female

PWIMSD Schedule 6- felony

Possession of Drug Paraphernalia- misdemeanor

Possession of Firearm by a Felon- felony

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