Jail inmate flown to local hospital after suicide attempt on life support

A Hill County Jail inmate was flown to a Waco hospital after a suicide attempt, authorities confirmed Monday. (Hill County photo/file)
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HILLSBORO, Texas (KWTX) A Hill County Jail inmate who was flown to a Waco hospital after a suicide attempt is on life support, authorities said Tuesday.

The man in his 50s, whom officials are not naming, was in a cell by himself on suicide watch, which requires correctional officers to check on him every 15 minutes.

The inmate had just been checked when, shortly after 10 a.m. Friday, a jailer returned to make another check and found the man unconscious and unresponsive, to Hill County sheriff's officials said Monday.

"We immediately started rendering first aid, then a contract nurse came to assist," said Chief Deputy Scott Robinson.

"Hillsboro fire paramedics took over and transported him to Hill Regional, stabilized him and flew him to Hillcrest in Waco where he currently is now."

The inmate is under guard by Hill County deputies at Baylor Scott & White Hillcrest Medical Center.

Texas Rangers and the Texas Commission on Jail Standards were notified "just in case," Robinson said.

"Right now we're in a holding pattern to see if his condition improves or worsens," said Robinson.

Robinson said the inmate was checked on within the required 15-minute time-frame.

The method by which the inmate attempted suicide was not disclosed.

The inmate had attempted suicide earlier in the week, officials said.

Robinson says the man was "highly agitated" while he was booked into the jail.

He was later found trying to hang himself by his T-shirt from a shower.

"We went in, took him out and took his clothing away from him and put him in a suicide gown and strapped him in a restraint chair," said Robinson.

The inmate was the fourth prisoner to be placed on suicide watch at the jail, Robinson says, which left officials scrambling to find a place to put him.

They ended up housing the man in a separation/segregation area exercise room.

An update on the inmate's condition is expected Tuesday.