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