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NCSO: Inmate dies at hospital after attempting suicide

COVINGTON — A Newton County inmate who attempted to hang himself in his cell early Wednesday morning has died, according to the Newton County Sheriff’s Office.

Sometime around 1:15 a.m. Wednesday, Jade Brice Tramel of 2 Willow St. in Porterdale, used a sheet to hang himself from the top bunk in his cell, the Sheriff’s Office reported.

“A detention officer making normal rounds observed Tramel in his cell, hanging,” said NCSO Sgt. Cortney Morrison. “The detention officer cut him down and administered CPR until EMS got there. EMS rushed him to the hospital, where he was put on life support.”

Tramel was pronounced dead Thursday morning, Morrison said.

According to inmate information on the Sheriff’s Office website, the 18-year-old Tramel was booked into the jail on Dec. 3 on charges of driving without a license, possession of marijuana, possession and use of drug-related objects, failure to appear, and two counts of burglary.

Morrison said Tramel had no extensive history in the Detention Center and she was not aware of any mental health history.

“We are looking at our policies and procedures to make sure they were followed properly,” she said. “The GBI has been called in to investigate, which is standard procedure in a situation like this.”