A Lumpkin County Detention Center inmate apparently committed suicide last Tuesday when he hung himself with a blanket shortly after arriving in his holding cell, said law enforcement officials.
Woodrow Arthur Doles, II 47, had been on Georgia’s registered sex offender’s list since 1995 and was in the process of being charged with several new offenses which included child molestation, sexual battery, enticing a child for indecent purposes, kidnapping, simple battery and simple battery of a police officer.
Investigator Wesley Burnett said the Winters Mountain Road resident was intoxicated and combative when he arrived at the detention center at around 3:30 p.m.
However, Doles showed no apparent suicidal tendencies in the approximate four hours leading up to his death, added Burnett.
“He was checked on multiple times,” he said. “”He was actually brought out of his cell at one point to use the phone.”
Just before 7 p.m. Doles reportedly told guards he was cold and requested a blanket. He had not yet joined the general inmate population and was alone in a holding cell at the time.
After receiving the blanket, Doles reportedly fashioned a make-shift noose, tied an end of the blanket to his holding cell door handle and leaned forward.
The death was captured on jail surveillance cameras but not witnessed by any guards while it occurred, said Burnett.
“Someone doesn’t look at the monitors 24 hours a day,” he said. “But as soon as an officer saw him on the monitor they went to assist.”
Officers reportedly performed CPR on Doles and attempted to revive him with an on-site set of defibrillator panels.
Emergency service workers quickly arrived on the scene and took over the effort.
Doles was soon declared dead at the detention center.
Officers from the Georgia Bureau of Investigation were notified and are currently investigating the incident. ..Source.. by Matt Aiken