Inmate Dies After Strangulating Self
On Friday, March 8th, at 7:00 p.m., a Humboldt County Correctional Officer on a routine security check within the jail’s housing unit found inmate Jose Fernandez-
Moreno, a 46-year-old male, unconscious with a bed sheet
tied around his neck, the HCSO reported.
Personnel from the Eureka Fire Department and City Ambulance responded and assisted in transporting Fernandez-Moreno to St. Joseph’s Hospital where he was admitted. Fernandez-Moreno was placed on life support after his condition worsened.
On Monday, March 11 at 6:23 p.m.,Fernandez-Moreno died as a result of his suicide attempt.
Humboldt County Sheriff’s Detectives are continuing their involvement in the investigation which has been turned over to the Humboldt County Coroner’s Office. An autopsy date is pending.
Fernando-Moreno was in custody on charges of:
- Assault with Intent to Commit Rape
- Rape by Force/Violence/Duress
- Penetration by Foreign Object
His bail was set at $250,000. Fernandez-Moreno was also being held on a detainer issued by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the HCSO reported.
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We’re hearing cell checks by jail staff occur once or twice an hour. That is woefully insufficient given the myriad of mental health problems that prevail in this select population.
Perhaps it’s time to increase the frequency of cell checks to prevent further fatal incidents from occurring in the future, because what’s happening now isn’t working.
(Posted by Skippy Massey)