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March 11, 2014 at 6:57 PM

Whatcom County Jail inmate dies after hanging herself in cell

An inmate at Whatcom County Jail died after hanging herself in her cell Monday afternoon, the Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office said.

According to The Bellingham Herald, a corrections deputy who was helping with medication deliveries found Shannon Rose Jefferson, 36, hanging with a bed sheet tied around her neck at about 1:15 p.m. in her cell on the third floor of the jail.  The deputy had gone to the cell because Jefferson didn’t respond to calls over the intercom to come to her cell door, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

The deputy and a nurse went into the cell, cut the sheet and immediately started CPR and called for paramedics. She died at a Bellingham hospital, The Herald reported.

Jefferson had been booked into jail Feb. 26 for failing to appear in court for both fourth-degree assault and a probation violation.

Jefferson was in an isolation cell after being separated from the general jail population for issues that Undersheriff Jeff Parks wouldn’t specify. However, he said it was “nothing that would lead us to believe she was going to harm herself in any way,” The Herald is reporting.

| More in The Blotter | Topics: inmate death, suicide, Whatcom County Jail


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