A woman has died while in custody at Maitland Police Station.
Police say officers placed the 36-year-old woman in a holding cell after she appeared intoxicated while walking along a road in Cessnock about 12.45am yesterday.
A critical incident investigation has now been launched after the woman was found dead about 6.00am.
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The woman’s family has been notified, with police expressing their condolences.
Officers have also been offered counselling.