The man who hung himself at the Harford County Detention Center died Jan. 29, the state Office of the Chief Medical Examiner confirmed Wednesday.
Norman Michael Miller, 42, died Jan. 29, according to the medical examiner’s office. The cause and manner of his death are pending.
According to the Harford County Sheriff’s Office, at 4:55 p.m. on Jan. 25 a 42-year-old male inmate, who was not initially identified, attempted to hang himself. The man was treated at the jail and later transported to Upper Chesapeake Medical Center in critical condition. The man was serving a 30-day sentence on traffic charges, Hopkins said. He was not on a protective watch, and was not considered an at-risk inmate.
Harford County Attorney Robert McCord on Tuesday identified Miller and said his case is under investigation. McCord said he was “not at liberty to disclose any details concerning what occurred at the Harford County Detention Center (HCDC) including any medical information and any information as to his location within the facility.”
Miller was removed from the custody of the Harford County Sheriff’s Office by court order on Jan. 26, according to McCord, a step taken in the event of serious injuries to an inmate and which allows their family to make medical decisions about their care. McCord said he “[did] not have any information concerning his current status” after that point.
Beyond the Sheriff’s Office initial release, requests by The Dagger for updates on Miller’s condition went unanswered until four days later. On Jan. 29, Sheriff’s Office spokesman Edward Hopkins said the agency would now follow a new policy regarding all deaths at the Detention Center, under which it would release initial details and then refer further questions to the Harford County Law Department and McCord. The policy was implemented at the direction of Sheriff Jesse Bane over concerns of “possible future litigation” in such cases. Calls to McCord shortly thereafter went unanswered until Tuesday.
Miller’s death is at least the ninth at the Detention Center in the last five years, and the third suicide in just over a year. The most recent came in November, when a 45-year-old Edgewood man incarcerated in connection with an assault hung himself in his cell.