Howard County inmate attempts suicide, is put on 24-hour watch

A 22-year-old man who attempted suicide at the Howard County Detention Center in Jessup over the weekend is back at the facility and under 24-hour watch, officials said Sunday.

Demetrius Hunt, 22, who was serving an 18-month sentence for second-degree assault, tried to hang himself using a bed sheet Saturday afternoon, county officials said. He was taken to Howard County General Hospital with a neck contusion, then returned to the detention center Saturday evening.

"He is under 24-hour supervision," said Mark Miller, a spokesman for Howard County.

Hunt, who had a history of disruptive behavior, had been held in "administrative segregation" in his cell for 23 hours a day with an hour for recreation, officials said. He was about 10 minutes into his recreation time Saturday when he tried to hang himself, Miller said.

Corrections officials believe he hid the sheet and then retrieved it during the break. He tied it to a railing on the top-level cell tier and then slid off, county officials said, but an officer quickly intervened.

Hunt, from Columbia, agreed to a plea bargain on Dec. 17. He has been in custody since July 28, two days after the assault.

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