Inmate at Cumberland County Jail attempts to hang himself

Posted Aug. 23, 2012, at 4:09 p.m.

PORTLAND, Maine — An inmate at Cumberland County Jail being held on theft charges allegedly tried to hang himself with his bed sheet Thursday morning, according to the county sheriff’s office.

The Cumberland County Sheriff’s Department announced Thursday afternoon it is investigating the incident, in which inmate Lawrence Cox allegedly fashioned a noose from his bed sheet, tied it around his neck and then attached it to the top bunk in his cell.

Corrections Officers Deborah DeVou and Christopher Phillips arrived on the scene at approximately 7:30 a.m., released Cox from the noose and moved him to the jail’s medical unit for treatment, according to the sheriff’s department statement.

“Inmate Cox was awake and alert on his way to medical,” the sheriff’s office’s Thursday release states, in part. “There is no documentation showing any past history of self-harm. As well, there have been no requests made to the jail medical services for mental health services by inmate Cox prior to this incident.”

Cox is being held on theft charges with bail set at $2,560, according to the release.

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