Family seeks answers, money into why loved one died in Boulder jail

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BOULDER, Colo. -- Two weeks after 29-year-old Stephanie Anderson died in a Boulder County jail cell, the family still has questions.

“We’re waiting for answers and it’s actually taking an effect on everybody,” said Juanita Crane, Anderson’s sister-in-law.

Crane attended a benefit Saturday at the InterCity Parish to help raise money to give Anderson a proper funeral.

“We want to raise money, we need help. There was no insurance and she was only 29 years old,” Crane said.

The family believes what other inmates have told them, that Anderson was screaming for help for hours but that no deputy responded.

“They just let her die? For what, shoplifting?” said Tino Quintana, Anderson’s common law husband.

Anderson had been arrested on a theft charge and an outstanding warrant.

While the Boulder County Sheriff’s Office initially said it had hoped to have the investigation wrapped up this week, no formal announcement was made.

Eight detectives have been assigned to the case and more than 60 witnesses have been interviewed. The Colorado Independent reports that Boulder County has denied requests for the videotapes to be released.

A GoFundMe page has been set up to help the Anderson family.

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