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Mother: My son didn't die choking on a sandwich

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The Maricopa County Sheriff's Office is releasing new details Tuesday surrounding the death of an inmate at the Fourth Avenue Jail.

On June 3, Raymond Farinas, 40, was arrested and booked on weapons charges. Family members said he died the next day after he had posted bail and was waiting to be released.

On Tuesday, Sheriff Joe Arpaio stated that the medical examiner said it appears Farinas died of natural causes. However, the Maricopa Medical Examiner's Office told CBS 5 News Tuesday afternoon that the cause and manner have not yet been determined.

Carmen Ramirez said that detectives claimed her son died choking on a peanut butter sandwich. Farinas was pronounced dead shortly after he was taken to the hospital.

Ramirez said her son was well aware of his peanut allergy and would have never eaten that kind of sandwich.

MCSO said they don't know yet if Farinas was given a peanut butter sandwich or a meal.

Ramirez said she wasn't allowed to see her son's body until it arrived at the funeral home.

"I saw he had a cut on the forehead. On the top of his eye right here there was a big bruise. He had a large lump on the side of his head. On the back part of his arm he had bruises like they had hit him with something," Ramirez said.

Arpaio said, according to the Sheriff's Jail Crimes Unit, there appeared to be no visible signs of trauma.

MCSO said there was a slight cut in between his eyes, consistent with pressure from eye glasses.

Stay with and CBS 5 News for updates on this developing story.

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