updated 8/22/2008 11:08:28 AM ET 2008-08-22T15:08:28

Prosecutors reviewing the death of a New York City woman who died in police custody at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport last year said Thursday that they have cleared the officers involved of any criminal wrongdoing.

  1. Don't miss these Travel stories
    1. Lords of the gourd compete for Punkin Chunkin honors

      With teams using more than 100 unique apparatuses to launch globular projectiles a half-mile or more, the 27th annual World Championship Punkin Chunkin event is our pick as November’s Weird Festival of the Month.

    2. Airports, airlines work hard to return your lost items
    3. Expert: Tourist hordes threaten Sistine Chapel's art
    4. MGM Grand wants Las Vegas guests to Stay Well
    5. Report: Airlines collecting $36.1B in fees this year

Carol Anne Gotbaum accidentally asphyxiated herself after being chained to a bench in a police holding room after her Sept. 28 arrest, according to authorities.

Police said Gotbaum, 45, was intoxicated and unruly after missing her connecting flight while on the way to a substance-abuse rehabilitation clinic in Tucson.

Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas said officers didn't know Gotbaum suffered from alcoholism and depression.

Video: Woman's airport death investigated "Mrs. Gotbaum's death, while tragic, does not warrant criminal charges against police officers who were simply trying to carry out their duties. They committed no crime," Thomas said.

The announcement didn't come as a surprise to the Gotbaum family's attorney, Michael Manning.

"We never believed that the officers intentionally killed her," Manning said. "From what we know at this stage, they may have been grossly negligent in how they treated her. But they certainly were not acting criminally."

Gotbaum's family has filed an $8 million lawsuit against the city of Phoenix and its police department.

© 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Discuss:

Discussion comments

,

Most active discussions

  1. votes comments
  2. votes comments
  3. votes comments
  4. votes comments