HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) — The Madison County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) confirmed the deaths of two inmates in separate incidents over the weekend.
In a press conference held Monday morning, authorities said one woman was found unresponsive in her cell around 9 p.m. on Friday, in what they called an “apparent suicide.” Medical jail staff tried to revive the 48-year-old, and those efforts were continued by HEMSI when they arrived.
The woman died at Huntsville Hospital. Police say the next of kin was notified and an autopsy will be conducted.
In a statement over the weekend, Brent Patterson with MCSO said the woman was booked into the jail on January 27, charged with violating her probation subsequent to domestic violence with a knife.
“When she was in our facility, we communicated with her and talked with her minutes, if not – 10 to 15 minutes prior to her doing what she did,” said Sheriff Kevin Turner.
At the Monday press conference, he announced the second death.
Sheriff Turner said a 28-year-old black male was found unresponsive in his cell on Sunday morning. The man was facing two counts of murder and had only been in custody for 28 hours.
“The investigation has led us to believe that there might have been narcotics ingested prior to him entering our facility,” said the sheriff.
He continued on, saying both situations are extremely sad.
“They are human beings and we feel like that they need to be treated as such, no matter what they’ve done and I don’t want to see anyone lose their life,” he added.
MCSO did not take any questions at the press conference, but Patterson confirmed with News 19 that the incidents are not related.
The names of both individuals were not released, as to respect each person’s family.
Both deaths remain under investigation.