- The Enterprise
- The Recorder
The Charles County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the death of an inmate at the county jail.
At 12:21 p.m. July 18, an inmate told corrections officers that another inmate had hanged himself in his cell.
Officers went to the cell and immediately began life-saving measures, including CPR, on Benjamin Paul Altimus, 46, of Newburg.
Altimus died a short time later.
Officers with the sheriff’s office Criminal Investigations Division responded as part of agency policy and began a death investigation.
Altimus was alone in his cell at the time of the incident and no foul play is suspected, according to the sheriff’s office.
His body was sent to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Baltimore for an autopsy.
According to online court records, a civil warrant for failing to pay child support was issued for Altimus on July 11.
Sheriff’s office spokeswoman Diane Richardson said that deaths at the detention center “are rare, but they do happen.”
Altimus’ death marks the fourth death at the detention center since 2005. The previous three deaths included two from natural causes and one suicide. The investigation is continuing.
Altimus’ family members declined to comment.