Death of hanged jail inmate ruled a suicide state police investigating

September 10, 1997|By Dennis O'Brien | Dennis O'Brien,SUN STAFF

State police are investigating the death of a Baltimore City Detention Center inmate who authorities say hanged himself Sunday in his cell in the jail's medical unit.

George Hadaway, 36, of the 600 block of Woodbourne Ave. was pronounced dead at 4: 13 p.m. Monday, a day after he was rushed to Johns Hopkins Hospital, said Barbara Cooper, a Detention Center spokeswoman.

Hadaway's death was ruled a suicide by the state medical examiner's office, said Capt. Greg Shipley, a state police spokesman.

Shipley said no sign of foul play was found but that routine toxicology tests were being conducted to determine whether drugs were in Hadaway's blood at the time he died.

Hadaway, a home improvement contractor with four children, had been in jail in lieu of $15,000 bail since Aug. 24, awaiting trial on charges of assault, burglary and resisting arrest.

Cooper and Shipley would not comment yesterday on why Hadaway was in the medical unit.

Hadaway's family questioned the suicide ruling.

His sister Margie E. Hadaway said jail officials had not told her or other relatives how her brother died.

"There are just a lot of questions that have yet to be answered here," she said.

Pub Date: 9/10/97

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