Inmate attempts suicide with smuggled razor blade

Published 12:00 am Friday, April 30, 2010

NATCHEZ — A jail inmate is back in his cell after a failed suicide attempt likely inflicted by a smuggled razor blade.

Adams County Sheriff Chuck Mayfield said Sherman Rose was taken to a local hospital where he received a few stitches on his wrist.

“It wasn’t anything serious or life threatening,” he said. “But he’ll be put on suicide watch.”

The razor blade likely came in through another inmate, and Rose bartered for it, Mayfield said.

“Those things are easy to hide in your mouth,” he said.

No blade or other weapon was found in the cell, and Mayfield said it was likely flushed down the toilet.

Mayfield said Rose likely became despondent because he didn’t believe he was supposed to be in jail.

Rose was arrested for burglary and is on hold for the Mississippi Department of Corrections.

Another inmate, Charles Cade, was taken to a local hospital for what the sheriff’s office has been told is pancreatitis, Mayfield said.

Cade was arrested for sale of schedule I and II controlled substances.