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Internal police investigation underway into woman's beating death

New developments into the investigation into the death of a woman, found beaten behind her apartment complex.

Umi Southworth died at UK Hospital yesterday afternoon, hours after police found her badly injured outside her home on Meadowthorpe Avenue.

So far, no one has been charged in her death, as officials continue their investigation and now police have confirmed an internal investigation is underway into how the case was handled.

Chief Ronnie Bastin released this statement today: "The Lexington Division of Police is assessing its response to the incident at 1486 Meadowthorpe Drive on June 9, 2010. Because there is an ongoing homicide investigation related to this incident we are unable to release specific details about the case; doing so could compromise the investigation. We want to assure the residents of Lexington and Fayette County that we are giving this situation the full attention it deserves. We are reviewing this incident from all aspects to determine if there was a personnel or policy failure. If we find there has been such a failure, we will take appropriate action."

Police have released the 44 year old Southworth was beaten with a large piece of wood.

Now, 27 NEWSFIRST has learned it took four and a half hours for Southworth to get medical attention, once she was found beaten.

According to police, Southworth's co-workers at the Fazoli's headquarters called them at 6:07 p.m. Wednesday, saying she didn't show up to work and was missing.

Officers immediately went to her home on Meadowthorpe Avenue, where they found the door wide open.

At 6:21 p.m., officers say they found Southworth lying in the bushes behind the apartment with a large object on top of her.

A police spokesperson says officers on the scene saw no signs of life and Southworth appeared to be dead quite a while.

Fayette County Coroner Gary Ginn says his office wasn't called for about two and a half more hours, at 9:05 p.m.

The coroner says he arrived at 9:35 p.m., and crime scene investigators were hard at work.

The coroner says he was not in control of the investigation, and he didn't have access to the body until 11:07 p.m.

That's when he found Southworth to be alive and he told police to call paramedics.

Southworth died at UK Hospital Thursday.

An autopsy was performed on Southworth's body Friday, but those results have not yet been released.


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