Clear Spring woman found hanging in detention center has been declared dead

April 15, 2012|By DON AINES |
  • Kristy Dawn Jenkins
Washington County Sheriff's Office

A Clear Spring woman found hanging in the Washington County Detention Center last week was declared dead Friday afternoon, Sheriff Douglas W. Mullendore said Sunday.

An autopsy on the body of 25-year-old Kristy Dawn Jenkins was performed Saturday at the Maryland Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Baltimore, Mullendore said. He had not received the results of the autopsy as of Sunday, he said.

Jenkins, of 11815 St. Paul Road, was found by deputies Wednesday morning hanging from a sheet on a partition in a bathroom at the jail, a sheriff’s office release issued Wednesday said. Cardiopulmonary resuscitation was performed on Jenkins and she was taken to Meritus Medical Center.

“Deputies do 30-minute rounds and she was fine at 6:30 a.m.,” Mullendore said Sunday.
Deputies found her in the bathroom about 30 minutes later, he said.

As a result of Jenkins’ death, Mullendore said the detention center is conducting “an internal investigation process, just to make sure there wasn’t something we could have done differently.”


Jenkins was taken to the detention center Monday for a probation violation, the sheriff’s office said. While she was incarcerated, two theft charges were filed against Jenkins in Washington County District Court alleging she stole a $1,300 guitar last year and pawned it for $50.

There have been two other hanging incidents at the detention center in the past two years. A 22-year-old man found hanging in his cell on May 23, 2011, subsequently died, Mullendore said last week.

On June 1, 2010, a woman hanged herself with a sheet on a swinging door, but survived.

Editor's note: This story was edited Monday, April 16, 2012, to correct Jenkins' hometown.

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