Dartmouth Inmate Dies in Apparent Suicide
DARTMOUTH — An inmate at the Bristol County House of Correction has died in an apparent suicide after being in the Dartmouth jail for just one day, according to the Bristol County District Attorney's Office.
D.A.'s office spokesman Gregg Miliote said that a 35-year-old man who was taken into custody on Tuesday night was found in an apparent hanging alone in his cell at 7:50 p.m. on Wednesday.
Efforts were made to resuscitate him at the jail and again after he was rushed to St. Luke's Hospital, Miliote said, but he was pronounced dead shortly thereafter.
A 2017 report revealed that suicides in Bristol County correctional facilities were more than double the number in other Massachusetts counties.
Miliote noted that Bristol County Sheriff's Office staff had taken the inmate to and from Attleboro District Court on Wednesday, and that corrections officers at the jail conduct hourly checks.
The last check took place at 7:30 p.m., just 20 minutes before he was found.
Bristol County Sheriff's Office spokesman Jonathan Darling stated that the man suffered a medical emergency in his cell.
Corrections officers and medical staff gave him emergency medical treatment until EMS arrived, and the inmate was taken to hospital before he was pronounced dead at 8:50 p.m.
State police assigned to the D.A.'s Office are investigating, Darling stated.
According to Miliote, no foul play is suspected in the incident.
The man's name will not be released until his next of kin is informed, Miliote said.