Hanged Taos inmate 'doing good,' officials say


Updated Oct. 14, 12:50 p.m.

An inmate who was found hanging from a bedsheet on Sunday (Oct. 8) in the booking area of the Taos County Adult Detention Center is in recovery, according to Jail Warden Nelson Abeyta.

"The detainee is doing good," Abeyta said. "I think they'll be bringing him back to the facility soon."

Before that happens, however, the inmate – who had two open magistrate court cases and one district court case, Abeyta said – will likely undergo a mental health evaluation.

Reports first disseminated through Taos Central Dispatch around 11:50 a.m. on Sunday (Oct. 8) suggested that the inmate is a 38-year-old male. The inmate was "still breathing" when he was discovered and had been hanging for approximately 9-10 minutes, according to the reports.

Medical units transported the inmate to University of New Mexico Hospital in Albuquerque.

Abeyta said that the inmate "never displayed any [suicidal] ideations whatsoever," and that his staff conducted checks on the inmate every 10 minutes.

"Our policy can be anywhere up to 30 minutes," he said. "If they had waited another five minutes, his attempt would have been successful."

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