Friday, June 18, 2010

Inmate moved after jail suicide attempt

THIBODAUX — Deputies have moved a Lafourche Parish jail inmate who attempted suicide last week to a state correctional facility in St. Gabriel, the Sheriff’s Office reported.

Curtis Hinton, 55, 160 Nora T. Lane, Thibodaux, is expected to make a full recovery after being found unconscious in his cell before 3 a.m. Oct. 16, Lafourche deputies said in a statement Wednesday.

Hinton will be housed at the medical/suicide unit at Elayn Hunt Correctional Center in St. Gabriel, deputies said.

Sgt. Lesley Hill Peters, sheriff’s spokeswoman, said Wednesday Hinton will be transferred for court dates in Lafourche Parish but deputies do not have plans to return him to the parish jail once he recovers.

Hinton tried to hang himself from jail bars with a torn bed sheet in his cell inside Lafourche Parish Detention Center in Thibodaux, deputies said. The sheet did not support Hinton’s weight.

He was served with divorce papers a day before the suicide attempt and had not expressed suicidal thoughts or intentions beforehand, deputies said.