Harris County inmate dies after deputies found him hanging by bed sheet in jail

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Harris County inmate found dead in jail cell, Pooja Lodhia reports. (KTRK)

The Harris County Sheriff's Office is investigating after an inmate was found dead in his jail cell. The family of 32-year-old Vincent Young is demanding answers.

"I'm perfectly sure what they say happened didn't happen," said the victim's wife, Kim Young.

According to a press release, deputies at the detention medical infirmary on 1200 Baker St. were conducting a cell check on Feb. 13 just after 7pm.

During the check, they found Young hanging by a bed sheet. Medical personnel initiated CPR and medical intervention until EMS arrived with the Houston Fire Department and took Young to St. Joseph's hospital.

Deputies say that doctors were not able to revive Young. Officials are not saying how long he was unsupervised for.

Young has a long criminal history and was behind bars on a gun charge.

His family said they had just paid his bond a day before. Young was set to be released from jail on Tuesday.

"There's no reason to take his life when he was going to come home anyway," his wife said.

The sheriff's office says Young was in a single cell in a medical unit with no cameras.

As with all in custody deaths, this incident is being thoroughly investigated for violations of policy and law. The Harris County Sheriff's Office Homicide Unit, the Office of Inspector General Bureau and the Internal Affairs Division are conducting simultaneous investigations.

In addition to the HCSO's extensive internal investigation, the Harris County District Attorney's Office will conduct a thorough review of its findings and present them to a Harris County grand jury.
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