Officials in Georgia said Monday they were awaiting test results on a woman who died a day after she and her husband were arrested for allegedly kidnapping her three children from Spencer.
Samantha Pardue, 30, died at Northeast Georgia Medical Center in Gainesville, Ga., Friday night after experiencing breathing problems while in the White County Jail.
"It appears based on interviews with the inmates and some of the family down here that she had some preexisting heart condition and most likely died as a result of that," said Special Agent John Cagle of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.
He said Samantha Pardue apparently started having breathing problems, and the inmates contacted the jail staff, which contacted an emergency crew.
"We're in the process of trying to determine if she had ever been treated for any kind of heart condition or medical condition. We're trying to find out where we could get some medical records concerning that," Cagle said.
Pardue and her husband, Keith Pardue, 32, were arrested Thursday night at his father's home in Cleveland and charged with violation of a custodial order. They are accused of abducting her three children, aged 12, 10 and 6 from their grandparents' home in Spencer, sparking a rare Amber Alert.
The three children had been placed in the legal custody of their grandparents following an emergency removal order that was issued through the juvenile court in Clay County, Iowa, on Dec. 3.
Cagle said the grandparents came to Georgia over the weekend to pick up the children.
Cagle said Keith Pardue remained in jail. He did not immediately know the status of the children.