Garfield County sheriff’s office has confirmed an incidence where a 34-year old woman committed suicide in her Colorado jail cell. She hanged herself using her Thermal underwear.
Authorities are investigating circumstances under which she took her own life while alone in the cell. The last suicide incidence at the facility occurred in 2009 when a man in his mid-twenties committed suicide.
Colorado Jail: Minimum Risk Inmate
The woman at the Colorado jail had access to materials that could aid in suicide because she was categorized as a minimum risk detainee and was being held in a private cell. The woman was being held on charges of contempt of court and failure to appear in court.
She was wanted in Garfield County for failing to comply with a court directive. She had also failed to appear before courts in Rifle and Eagle County.
She wasn’t on suicide watch list at the Colorado jail because the charges are low-level. In a press statement, authorities also said that she was being categorized as a minimum risk inmate because of, “her limited history in the jail environment.”
Colorado Jail Failed Attempt to Resuscitate Her
Staff at the Colorado Jail facility found her unresponsive in her cell on Thursday about 6:30 p.m. Attempts to resuscitate her through CPR and a defibrillator proved futile and she was rushed to hospital where she was pronounced dead.
The identity of the woman who was pronounced dead at Valley View hospital is yet to be revealed. The county coroner, Robert Glassmire, will officially release her name once her next of kin is notified.
While commenting on the incident, deputy sheriff Walt Stowe said that under procedures and policies in place, visual inspections have to be regularly carried out in all cells throughout the day. He went on to say that investigations will include reviewing video footage of the facility.
Deputy Sheriff Stowe confirmed that the facility adheres to the minimum standards set by the state. He however couldn’t divulge much about the incidence because of the ongoing investigations.