A 17-year-old who was being held at the Cook County Jail on an armed robbery charge committed suicide early this morning.
While conducting a cell check around 12:43 a.m. Monday, an officer found Tyshawn Carter hanging on a bed sheet from his bunk bed . The officer immediately brought Carter down, attempted to revive him and then called 911. Carter was transported to Mount Sinai Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
After an autopsy Monday, the Cook County medical examiner's office ruled that Carter died of asphyxiation due to hanging and that the death was a suicide.
Carter, a Chicago resident, was charged as an adult with armed robbery and had been in custody since November. He was scheduled to appear in court on Jan. 3. He was not placed on suicide watch and was alone in the cell at the time of his death.
Smith said it is the sixth suicide at the Cook County jail this year.
Cook County is required by law to conduct checks on inmates every 30 minutes, although the jail conducts checks more frequently, Smith said. An officer had checked on Carter less than seven minutes before he was found hanging from his bunk.