Inmate attempts suicide in isolation cell RTC

December 31, 1996|By Jill Hudson | Jill Hudson,SUN STAFF

Officials at the Howard County Detention Center said yesterday that an inmate attempted suicide Sunday only 15 minutes after being placed in an isolation cell.

James N. "Buck" Rollins, director of the jail, said a corrections officer found a 32-year-old Laurel man hanging in his cell about 5 p.m.

Rollins said the man was taken to Howard County General Hospital and Maryland's Shock Trauma Center, although he never lost consciousness.

The inmate was returned to the jail later that day. He has been jailed since Dec. 18 when he was charged with stalking and resisting arrest, Rollins said.

He was being held on a $25,000 full bond.

This was the third reported suicide attempt at the jail this year, Rollins reported.

In December of 1995, a Howard jail inmate, Edward Leroy Bennett, a 31-year-old Baltimore man, committed suicide there by hanging himself with a bedsheet from a ceiling water sprinkler in his cell.

That suicide was the jail's second since 1991 and came to light only because inmates wrote letters to the news media. In April, Bennett's family filed a $3 million negligence suit against the county.

Pub Date: 12/31/96

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