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Nicholas Andrew White: It only took twelve minutes for accused man to kill himself in jail cell

Yesterday, the Boulder County Sheriff's Office revealed that a forty-year-old inmate charged with four counts of sexual assault on a child and one count of child abuse had been found dead in his jail cell -- and in its release about this incident, the BCSO tried to establish its lack of negligence in the matter.

According to the document, "Deputies assigned to the intake module had checked on him approximately 12 minutes prior to finding him unresponsive."

Today, the dead man was identified as Nicholas Andrew White, and while the Boulder County Coroner's Office hasn't announced a cause of death, he reportedly hanged himself. Look below to see the aforementioned BCSO release.

Unattended Death in the Boulder County Jail

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Today, at approximately 4:35 p.m., a 40 year-old male jail inmate was found in his cell unresponsive and not breathing. Boulder County Sheriff's deputies began administering cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) until paramedics and firefighters arrived. He was transported by ambulance to Boulder Community Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

The male inmate had been arrested and jailed on February 24, 2010 on four counts of sexual assault on a child and one count of child abuse. He was being housed in the intake module of the jail as a protective custody inmate and was assigned to a cell by himself.

Deputies assigned to the intake module had checked on him approximately 12 minutes prior to finding him unresponsive. The preliminary investigation indicates that the inmate hanged himself in his cell.

Investigators from the Sheriff's Office and Boulder County Coroner's Office are investigating the death. There were no indications of foul play. The Coroner's Office will make a determination as the cause and manner of death once they have completed their investigation.

The Boulder County Coroner's Office will release the name of the decedent once they have confirmed that all family members have been notified of the death.

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