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Inmate Hangs Himself in Santa Cruz County Jail

A 41-year-old man died in an apparent suicide on Sunday.

An inmate in the Santa Cruz County Jail died in custody Sunday morning in an apparent suicide by hanging, according to the county Sheriff's Office.

The 41-year-old inmate, whose identity has not been released yet, was arrested on Friday on a felony charge of making threats and booked into the jail around 11 p.m., according to Lt. Fred Plageman.

Housed in a single cell, the inmate received medication at 5 a.m. and breakfast later in the morning. He was alert and not displaying suspicious behavior in a cell check at 10 a.m., but was found unconscious and unresponsive at 11:20 a.m.

He was declared dead at 11:40 a.m., Plageman said.

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northstar January 14, 2013 at 03:04 AM
Tragic. Incarceration is tough. What meds was he given?
Lisa January 14, 2013 at 03:32 AM
Very sad.
Stephanie January 14, 2013 at 04:02 AM
What did he have that he could hang himself with? Did anyone from CMH speak with him?
Jojo Toth January 14, 2013 at 04:32 AM
I was in custody in the sc facility in 2006 for transporting an intoxicated passenger on a motorcycle who fell off and died. Grossly negligent vehicular manslaughter ... pretty terrible experience overall and wish it upon no one. Anyway, while in the jail, an inmate hung himself outside of my cell... he had been going through heroin withdrawals. When the officers cut the sheet, they let his head hit the ground. The dr. Walked in all casually drinking Starbucks coffee... just one if the unbelievable things i experienced along my unwanted journey.
Patrice Argel January 14, 2013 at 04:40 AM
Soooo sad for all involved.
Pam Austin January 14, 2013 at 07:48 AM
Wow how sad, instead of pointing fingers devote time and energy into fixing the problem so that this dont ever happen again. Who knows this could be your son brother,father,uncle,cousin.I wish the family and friends of this person my utmost sympathy.
Jim Machado January 14, 2013 at 08:40 PM
Poor Guy.
Jim Machado January 14, 2013 at 08:41 PM
poor guy.
debra January 15, 2013 at 11:17 AM
THAT'S HOW MUCH THE JAIL CARES YOUR JUST A NO BODY TO THEM LIKE THEY CARE.MISS ME WITH THAT ONE.HOW MANY IS THAT NOW ? WHEN IS SOMEONE GOING TO DO SOMETHING ABOUT WHAT GO'S ON IN THERE.
Klingon Hunter January 15, 2013 at 03:59 PM
Poor you. You murdered her and your the victim. Boo Hoo.
Klingon Hunter January 15, 2013 at 04:00 PM
Criminals are victims. Boo Hoo. Do the crime, do the time, or not.
Richard January 18, 2013 at 05:48 AM
You're a liar. The only place to hang oneself outside of their cell, is in the dayroom, where everyone would be able to see them. And the doctor never goes into housing units. You're a lying troll.
karin February 05, 2013 at 08:10 PM
hunter your an idiot!!! get a life..
sin barras February 24, 2013 at 10:22 AM
Hi Debra, I am working with an organization that is doing something about the four deaths that have happened since August to expose the inhumane conditions of the county jail. We would love to hear your perspective and explain what we're doing. Please email me at: sinbarras@gmail.com

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