- The Enterprise
- The Recorder
Correctional officers and medical staff at the Charles County jail worked early Saturday morning to save an inmate found hanging in his cell.
Diane Richardson, spokeswoman for the Charles County Sheriff’s Office, said that at about 3 a.m. Nov. 9 a correctional officer at the jail was making his rounds when he saw an inmate hanging by the neck in his cell.
Richardson said the officer called for assistance and additional officers, and medical staff from the detention center responded to the cell.
The inmate, a 21-year-old man, was unresponsive and at the time had no pulse, Richardson said. Officers performed CPR including chest compressions and rescue breathing.
The inmate was taken to the University of Maryland Charles Regional Medical Center in La Plata in critical condition, Richardson said.
The inmate’s attempted suicide makes the third attempt this year. There was one suicide at the detention center earlier this year. Prior to that death, the last suicide at the jail was in 2005, she said.
Richardson said there were no indications the inmate in this case would attempt suicide.
Although suicides and attempted suicides at the jail are rare, Richardson said, “these incidents occasionally happen, and we follow up with an investigation.”
The sheriff’s office did not release the name of the inmate or on what charges he was being held.