Guard ignores teen’s suicide attempt

COLUMBUS, Ohio — An Ohio youth prison guard was fired and two others were disciplined after a teen offender’s attempt to hang himself in a juvenile detention cell was ignored, according to an investigative report obtained by The Associated Press.

One guard, who was fired Thursday, saw the youth with a blanket around his neck, wrote “attempting to hang self” on a log and walked away, according to the report by the Ohio Department of Youth Services, which was released through a public records request.

A second guard who knew the teen was attempting to hurt himself walked away from the unit without checking on the youth, and a third guard acknowledged he knew the youth might be preparing to commit suicide but did nothing to intervene.

The youth, 19, survived the Nov. 1 hanging attempt at Indian River Juvenile Correctional Facility in Massillon in northeast Ohio, the report said.

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