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TBI investigating second jail hanging; teen inmate dies

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Just 12 days after an inmate hanged himself in the Sumner County Jail, state officials have confirmed that they are investigating another incident where a teen inmate was found unresponsive, hanging in his cell.

"At the request of District Attorney General Ray Whitley, TBI agents are investigating the circumstances surrounding the discovery of a juvenile inmate found hanging and unresponsive at the Sumner County Jail on May 17," Susan Niland, spokesperson for the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, said.

The 15-year-old male teen was taken to a local hospital where he remained until Wednesday and was pronounced dead. The name of the juvenile is not being released, Niland said.

Per law, records involving open investigations through the TBI are not public record and information pertaining to the case is limited at this time.

Sumner County Sheriff Sonny Weatherford said the juvenile inmate had been housed in a private, secured medical pod in the same building which also houses the adult inmates, but said there was no contact between the teen and other inmates.

Beyond that, Weatherford said he had been advised by TBI not to release any additional information.

This was the second incident of a jail hanging in Sumner County last month. On May 5, 52-year-old Ross Chad Oldham was found hanging in his solitary jail cell. Niland said Oldham was administered medical treatment and transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead. Per protocol, an autopsy was ordered and that investigation remains active.

This is a developing story.

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June 25, 2017 at 7:21pm
Well maybe if they actually have the inmates there meds that are prescribed by their doctors that know the inmate medical history. Stuff like this wouldn't happen.
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