Summit County inmate dies after suicide attempt in jail

A Summit County Detention Facility inmate was transported to St. Anthony's Summit Medical Center on Monday after a suicide attempt. In critical condition, the woman is now in a Denver hospital for treatment.
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An inmate died at St. Anthony’s Hospital in Lakewood on Monday night, after a suicide attempt that morning at the Summit County Detention Facility. Blue River resident Jacqueline Bickford, 31, passed away despite efforts to resuscitate her.

“Deputies immediately began life-saving measures, including CPR, after the woman was found unresponsive in her cell,” the Summit County Sheriff’s Office reported in a statement.

Emergency responders from Red, White and Blue Fire-Rescue continued resuscitation before transporting Bickford to Summit Medical Center on Monday morning. She was later transferred to St. Anthony’s Hospital in Lakewood.

At approximately 7:25 p.m., April 11, the Jefferson County Coroner’s Office transferred jurisdiction of the decedent to the Summit County Coroner’s Office. An autopsy is pending.

The suicide attempt is currently being investigated by the Colorado Bureau of Investigation, the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office and the Fifth Judicial District Attorney’s Office. Summit County Sheriff spokeswoman Taneil Ilano said this is standard procedure “to ensure a complete, thorough and impartial investigation.”

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