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 April 23rd, 2010  
41-year-old Port St. Lucie woman died while hospitalized April 14 following suicide attempt at St. Lucie County jail a day earlier, according to Sheriff Mascara
Mariangela Woycenko, the 41-year-old woman who hung herself in a medical cell at the St. Lucie County jail in the early morning hours of April 13, was pronounced dead the next day at the hospital where she was taken, according to Sheriff Ken J. Mascara.

"Ms. Woycenko was jailed the night of April 12 for battery on law officers and resisting arrest with violence," Sheriff Mascara said. "Several hours later, she attempted suicide by hanging herself in a medical cell at the jail's medical wing."

Deputies and jail medical staff members tried to revive Ms. Woycenko, of 991 S.W. Bellevue Ave., Port St. Lucie, until fire-rescue workers arrived and took her to Lawnwood Regional Medical Center and Heart Institute, Sheriff Mascara said.

Efforts to revive Woycenko at the jail included CPR and the application of an automated external defibrillator.

Autopsy results are not complete, and the Sheriff's Office continues to investigate the incident, Sheriff Mascara said.

Deputies were sent to a disturbance on April 12 shortly before 6 p.m. in the 5000 block of Midway Road involving Woycenko and her son, Arthur F. Moraes, who lived with his mother, after she had been released from New Horizons Community Mental Health Center, 4500 Midway Road.

Arthur F. Moraes told deputies his mother was driving faster than 70 miles an hour and not stopping for red lights. He was able to stop the car, and remove the keys from the ignition. He told deputies that his mother said people were trying to kill her, and she was trying to get away.

Deputies decided she was a danger to herself and others and needed to be confined for a psychiatric review pursuant to Florida's Baker Act.

Deputies handcuffed her and placed her in the back seat of their patrol car, where she slipped one hand from the cuffs, opened the glass divider separating the front and back seats, started punching the deputies and tried to grab the steering wheel.

Deputies were able to subdue Woycenko and arrested her for battery on law officers and resisting with violence.

They took her to the jail where medical staff members decided she should be placed in the jail's medical wing.

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