Report Out: 2 on Leave in Ariel Castro Suicide


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COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Two corrections officers are on administrative leave, accused of not properly performing inmate checks on Ariel Castro, according to a review by the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction.

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Castro was found hanging in his jail cell on September 3.

According to the report, he was found hanging from a hinge in the window of his cell with a sheet wrapped around his neck. There was an open Bible and pictures of his family out and arranged in a poster-board fashion.

His pants and underwear were pulled down to his ankles.

The report states that Castro left no suicide note and had previously shown no suicidal inclinations. The findings were forwarded to the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

Also according to the review, officers are required to check on inmates at least every 30 minutes on an irregular schedule. The report concluded that rounds were not properly completed the day of the suicide and that post log books were also falsified.

The findings regarding the officers have been reported to the Ohio State Highway Patrol by the CRC for a criminal investigation.

Castro was serving a life sentence plus 1000 years for kidnapping three women: Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus, and Michelle Knight,  and holding them captive for about 10 years.

The following statement was issued with the report:

"Director (Gary) Mohr has reviewed and accepted the recommendations made by the after action review team, and acknowledges immediate steps taken by the Correctional Reception Center to address issues of security rounds being conducted according to policy. 

Fred Cohen and Lindsay Hayes, independent consults hired to review DRC’s suicide prevention policies and procedures, are in Ohio and Director Mohr met with them yesterday. The Director will continue meeting with Mr. Cohen and Mr. Hayes on an ongoing basis during the duration of their review."

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