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An inmate in jail for theft at the Columbia County Detention Center died Friday after hanging himself in his cell.

Robert Douglas Sudduth, 24, of Cary Lane in Washington, Ga., died in his cell at about 5 p.m. Friday, Columbia County sheriff's Capt. Steve Morris said.

Sudduth, who was in medical isolation, used a bed sheet to hang himself, Columbia County Deputy Coroner Harriett Garrison said.

"They were bringing in the food carts, and they had asked all the inmates to come out and take a seat at the table," she said. "Two of the inmates that went by saw him hanging."

Garrison said she didn't know the exact time it took for jailers to find Sudduth but indicated that he had not been dead very long.

Morris said the death is under investigation, but no foul play is suspected.

Sudduth was at the jail awaiting court after his May arrest in which he was charged with theft by receiving stolen property, Morris said.

According to a Columbia County police report, deputies were called to Circle K at 3934 Washington Road on May 13 in reference to a suspicious person. They found Sudduth sitting in the driver's seat of a 2003 Chevrolet Silverado that was reported stolen in Elbert County.

Though Sudduth lived in Washington, Ga., Garrison said his stepfather, with whom he was close, lived in Thomson.

Sudduth had attempted suicide when he was younger, Garrison said.

"He's still somebody's son," she said. "His mother is just devastated."

Sudduth is the second Columbia County inmate to die at the jail since April.

John Wayne Siple, 44, of Evans, died April 5 after he was found collapsed in the shower as he prepared to leave for a hospital evaluation. Siple was pronounced death at Doctors Hospital.

Reach Jenna Martin at (706) 868-1222, ext. 109 or jenna.martin@augustachronicle.com.

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jjimenez
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jjimenez 07/30/11 - 08:32 pm
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Very interesting...

Very interesting...

Willow Bailey
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Willow Bailey 07/30/11 - 09:18 pm
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Condolences and prayers to

Condolences and prayers to this young man's family.

Craig Spinks
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Craig Spinks 07/31/11 - 12:28 am
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MY CONDOLENCES to the

MY CONDOLENCES to the decedent's family.

daphne3520
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daphne3520 07/31/11 - 10:37 am
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Typical for a Georgia jail
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Typical for a Georgia jail facility.

Cadence
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Cadence 07/31/11 - 01:55 pm
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That kind of desperation is

That kind of desperation is torment. I have been there. Putting aside his crimes, I feel sorry for him and most of all for his family. Life is so hard sometimes.

overburdened_taxpayer
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overburdened_taxpayer 07/31/11 - 03:56 pm
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Typical for a Georgia jail

Typical for a Georgia jail daphne3520?

HOWARD COUNTY, Md -
Howard County police are investigating the death of a 24-year-old Howard County Detention Center inmate who apparently hanged himself using a bedsheet Tuesday and died that night at Maryland Shock Trauma Center.

WATERLOO, Iowa
Inmate’s hanging death ruled a suicide

SALEM, Ore -
Inmate hanging death at Marion Co jail

Liverpool, England -
Stephen Power, 18, was found hanging at HMP Forest Bank in Manchester in January 2010.

Hartfort, CT -
Inmate's Hanging Death Called Suicide

And the list goes on and on in EVERY state and probably every country.

overburdened_taxpayer
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overburdened_taxpayer 07/31/11 - 04:39 pm
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daphne do a search. It

daphne do a search. It happens in every state.

dougk
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dougk 07/31/11 - 06:04 pm
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overburdened
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overburdened taxpayers.....yes, it is does happen in every state. But, you need need to compare the RATES....

overburdened_taxpayer
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overburdened_taxpayer 07/31/11 - 06:49 pm
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The mortality rate for

The mortality rate for inmates committing suicide is higher in 32 other states. Georgia's is 11 per 100,000 according to the last Department of Justice's report.

Georgia jails are also less than the national average of overall suicides in the US population.

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mooseye 08/01/11 - 02:31 am
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This is a sad ending. We see

This is a sad ending. We see it happen all the time and I guess there is no way to make young people understand that death is permanent. You don't get to change your mind.
A good friend of mine did this very thing in Chattanooga a couple of years ago and he was on "suicide watch".

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Tsuddeth 08/01/11 - 09:25 am
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What's sad is Robby told the

What's sad is Robby told the doctors numerous times that the medicine they were giving him was not working! And we were told and assured he was under watch and could not hurt himself. Our family is just overwhelmed with sadness. We want to be at peace and we want answers. When people goto the jail they still deserve to be treated medically and they still have a voice. If those doctors would of listened maybe things like this could be prevented. We can't just throw away what they have to say because they made a mistake and are in jail. Robby was a good person and I miss him dearly.

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augusta citizen 08/01/11 - 11:31 am
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Tsuddeth, prayers be with you

Tsuddeth, prayers be with you and your family, I'm sorry for your loss.

Asitisinaug
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Asitisinaug 08/01/11 - 10:24 pm
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Good Facts to know

Good Facts to know Overburdened - thanks.

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