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Inmate dies days after suicide attempt

3-13-2007 Alaska:
A Salcha man in jail on charges of molesting two boys died Friday, a week after attempting suicide at Fairbanks Correctional Center.

David Webb, 32, died at Fairbanks Memorial Hospital, according to a nursing supervisor.

Webb’s exact cause of death was not available, but he had been in critical condition in the hospital’s intensive care unit since March 4. Department of Corrections spokesman Richard Schmitz said Webb used a sock that afternoon to hang himself from a shower curtain rod in the showers in the dormitory of the state-run jail. Schmitz said an inmate noticed Webb and alerted jail officers, who lifted Webb and then cut the sock to release him.

Schmitz said the call to 911 went out within a minute of the inmate alerting officers to Webb’s attempt. Officers and jail medical staff performed CPR for nine minutes until Fairbanks paramedics arrived.

“They responded very quickly,” Schmitz said.

Schmitz said he did not know how many inmates were in the shower area at the same time as Webb.

Alaska State Troopers are investigating the incident but said foul play is not suspected. Schmitz said the Department of Corrections is preparing an incident report. He said information was not readily available about how many suicides have taken place in Department of Corrections facilities in Alaska.

Webb had been in jail on $150,000 bail since Feb. 21, when he was charged with sexual assault of two boys, ages 12 and 13. The abuse allegedly took place late last year at Webb’s home, according to court documents. Troopers began an investigation into the allegations in mid-February after receiving a tip. ..more.. by

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