A Harford County Detention Center inmate attempted suicide by hanging Saturday evening, police said, and remained in critical condition at a Baltimore hospital Sunday afternoon.
The 47-year-old man was being held at the detention center without bail for a charge of 1st-degree assault, according to Harford County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Edward Hopkins.
Hopkins said corrections officers were alerted to the incident at approximately 5:54 p.m. when the man’s cellmate returned to their cell and found the victim. The man had been watching TV with other inmates in the unit’s day room less than a half-hour before, Hopkins said.
Corrections officers and nursing staff initiated CPR until paramedics from the Bel Air Volunteer Fire Company arrived and took over life-saving efforts, Hopkins said. The inmate was transported by medivac to the University of Maryland R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center, where he was in critical condition early Sunday afternoon.
The suicide attempt came after a January incident in which an inmate succeeded in taking his own life. That death was the ninth in the last five and a half years at the jail, following the suicide of another inmate in November 2012.