An inmate who hung himself in his cell at the Harford County Detention Center earlier this month has died, Sheriff Jesse Bane told The Dagger Monday.
Bane confirmed the death of Christopher Booth, 45, of Edgewood, but did not specify when he died. Booth’s death is at least the eighth at the detention center since May 2008, and the third suicide.
Booth was found hanging in his cell on Nov. 2 at approximately 9:25 p.m., according to Sheriff’s Office spokesman Capt. Christopher Swain. Booth was taken to Upper Chesapeake Medical Center in Bel Air and remained there through the weekend, during which time a court order released him from the custody of the Sheriff’s Office.
Reports began circulating on Nov. 5 that Booth had died; Swain at the time declined to confirm those reports, citing concerns of the family’s privacy and the fact that Booth was no longer in the agency’s custody.
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.