Officials: Inmate dies after found hanging by neck

Darrell Lewis
Darrell Lewis

CLOVIS, N.M. (AP) - Roosevelt County officials say an inmate facing child abuse charges has died after he was found hanging by the neck in his cell.

County Manager Charlene Hardin says that 22-year-old Darrell Lewis of Clovis was found unresponsive and hanging from his bunk with a cloth around his neck Monday evening.

Hardin says Lewis was taken to the hospital where he died the next day.

She says that earlier on Monday, Lewis appeared in court where he was arraigned on a felony child abuse charge and a misdemeanor obstruction charge.

The Clovis News Journal reports Thursday that the sheriff's office is investigating.

Information from: Clovis News Journal