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WA- Man in protective custody unit hangs himself with bedsheet

2-24-2009 Washington:

A 52-year-old Centralia man died after hanging himself with a bedsheet Saturday night in the Lewis County Jail.

He hanged himself sometime between 5:40 and 6:18 p.m. Saturday night, said Lewis County Chief Deputy Stacy Brown.

The man was taken to Providence Centralia Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

The man had been in the jail’s protective custody unit, Brown said.

“Usually that means they’re there for a reason, that there’s been something that’s caused them to be put in a safe location,” Brown said.

Prisoners in the unit are subjected to routine checks, she said.

The man, whose name has not been released, had been returned to the Lewis County Jail during a legal appeal. He was a registered sex offender from a 2001 child molestation case, Brown said.

This is the second suicide in the Lewis County Jail in a year.

On April 15, 2008, Michael Bridgman, 39, was found hanging from a bedsheet during a routine check of his single-person cell.

That 2008 case was believed to be the first suicide in the Lewis County Jail in 20 years, with the last suicide reported on April 14, 1988. ..Source.. by The (Centralia) Chronicle

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