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Inmate attempts suicide at jail

Published: Wed, January 27, 2010 @ 12:05 a.m.

A chief deputy said the jail’s mission is to ‘preserve all life.’


WARREN — A man charged with abuse of his 8-year-old stepson last summer at his Everett East Road home in Brookfield Township was rescued from an apparent suicide attempt Monday in his cell at the Trumbull County Jail.

Damion C. Wise, 30, has been on suicide watch since he entered the jail last summer, meaning he had to be checked by a corrections officer at least every 10 minutes, and was wearing “suicide gown” and given a “suicide mattress,” jail officials said.

The gown and mattress are specially designed to prevent an inmate from using them to commit suicide because you can’t tie or tear them, said Eric Shay, assistant Trumbull County warden.

But around 7:30 a.m. Monday, a corrections officer looked in Wise’s cell and saw Wise with a makeshift noose around his neck, hanging from an air duct.

Wise made the noose from the string in the seams of the gown, Shay said.

The corrections officer lifted Wise up, alleviating the pressure on his neck and held him there with assistance from other corrections officers until Shay cut down the noose.

Wise was apparently conscious throughout the attempt and suffered only redness around his neck.

Shay said this is the first time any inmate has attempted suicide using the gown, and the manufacturer of the items told jail officials they were not aware of anyone using the items that way.

Wise was given a paper gown after the suicide attempt.

Paper gowns were used before the jail went to the cloth suicide gowns a few years ago, but paper gowns don’t keep inmates as warm as cloth, Shay said.

Wise is charged with eight counts of rape, one count of felonious assault and seven counts of endangering children.

He is accused of committing the offenses against the boy last summer.

Wise was arrested Aug. 22 after a caller told police about the boy’s injuries.

The boy later told police Wise had beaten him with a small baseball bat and his fist, stuck his fingers down the boy’s throat and threatened to maim or kill him.

The boy had black eyes, facial swelling and bruises on his hand, arm, chest, back and stomach, police said.

If convicted on any of the rape charges, Wise could be sent to prison for life. The other charges carry a penalty of up to 44 years in prison.

Wise has pleaded innocent by reason of insanity.

The criminal case against him is pending in common pleas court, where officials are awaiting results of an evaluation by a psychiatrist hired to determine whether Wise was sane at the time of the alleged offenses.

Chief Deputy Don Guarino says jail officials have a duty to protect any inmate from hurting or killing himself, no matter what he is charged with.

“Our goal is to preserve all life,” he said.



1Lifes2Short(3882 comments)posted 6 years, 5 months ago

"Wise has pleaded innocent by reason of insanity.

It's part of his plan to show his plea. I would be amazed if he would've pulled off that stunt with a part of the gown. I don't see how.

"Wise was apparently conscious throughout the attempt and suffered only redness around his neck."

He would've been conscious the whole time even if they did'nt find him.

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2queenie(12 comments)posted 6 years, 5 months ago

Where was the childs mother during this time? IMO this scum should be put under the jail and never see the light of day but he will plead insanity and get away with it while this child will suffer for the rest of his life. Our judicial system is a joke and he will get a slap on his hand and turned loose to do it again. If he ever gets jail time he should be put in with the biggest meanest cell mate and hopefully he will see what it's like to have someone do to him what he did to this child and do the same to the mother.

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3henryviii1509(274 comments)posted 6 years, 5 months ago

I agree with foxtrot, turn your back on the pr-ck and let him save us all some cash!

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4Heard_it_all_before(62 comments)posted 6 years, 5 months ago

No doubt he deserves whatever terrible fate awaits him. But we shouldn't let his family and the ACLU or some other group sue the county because they "failed to protect" this turd. The C.O. probably has the same feelings most of us do, but he did what he had to do to make the rescue. At the state pen, they don't think much of child rapers, so he better learn to sleep on his back with one eye open...

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