A Harford County Detention Center inmate was hospitalized following an apparent suicide attempt Friday night, police said.
Christopher Booth, 45, of Edgewood was found hanging in his cell at approximately 9:25 p.m. Friday, according to Harford County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Capt. Christopher Swain.
Booth was taken to Upper Chesapeake Medical Center in Bel Air, where he remained late Sunday morning, Swain said. His condition was not immediately available; however, Swain said a court order over the weekend had released Booth from the custody of the Sheriff’s Office. Such action is sometimes taken to allow an individual’s family to legally make medical decisions about their care.
Booth was incarcerated Nov. 1 on a bench warrant for second degree assault stemming from an Oct. 25 incident. He was also cited multiple times for failing to comply with a protective order during the last week of October. According to court records, Booth has a criminal record including several incidents of assault, a drunk driving charge, and other infractions.
Swain said Booth was housed in one of the facility’s Direct Supervision Units in a cell by himself. Booth was not under watch at the time of the incident, and “had been seen to be okay” by a corrections officer approximately 15 minutes before he was found hanging in his cell.