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Inmate found dead Sunday evening at Lerdo Max-Med facility

Feb. 20, 2012 : Delano Now staff reports

Kern County Sheriff's deputies are investigating the death of an inmate at the Lerdo Max-Med Facility on Sunday evening.
The 20-year-old inmate was found about 5:04 pm in his cell by a detentions deputy.
The inmate was being housed in a single cell and was alone in the cell at the time of the incident. The inmate used the bars in the cell and a bed sheet to hang himself. The deputy used a rescue device to cut the inmate down and called Medical Staff to the cell. Medical Staff attempt to resuscitate the inmate, but was unsuccessful. The inmate was pronounced dead at the scene. Detectives went to the scene to investigate the incident.
An autopsy is scheduled for Feb. 22.