W.Va. woman found hanging at Washington County Detention Center

May 30, 2012

A woman prisoner at the Washington County Detention Center who was found hanging from a bed sheet Wednesday morning is still being treated at Meritus Medical Center, according to authorities.

The Washington County Sheriff’s Office identified the woman as 35-year-old Crystal Rosenberger of 222 Spring St., Moorefield, W.Va.

Detention center staff members found Rosenberger hanging by a sheet tied to a bunk at 11:23 a.m., Sheriff Douglas W. Mullendore said in a news release.

Rosenberger was immediately cut down, and jail personnel administered first aid until paramedics arrived, Mullendore said.

Rosenberger was in the intensive-care unit at Meritus Wednesday afternoon, he said.

Rosenberger was placed on a ventilator, but she was breathing on her own when paramedics transported her to the hospital, according to Mullendore.

Detention center staff checked on Rosenberger at 11 a.m., and she was found to be “all right,” Mullendore said.

She was in the cell alone, but other female inmates were in adjacent cells, he said.

Other inmates had been talking with Rosenberger as little as 10 minutes before she was found hanging, Mullendore said.

Rosenberger was being held on $40,000 bond on a bad check charge in Hancock, he said.

She also was being held on a retainer from Baltimore County on theft charges there, Mullendore said.

She was the second woman prisoner to hang herself at the jail since April.

Kristy Dawn Jenkins, 25, of Hancock died last month after being found hanging in a cell.

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