Ariel Castro, who was convicted of kidnapping, torturing and imprisoning three young women for over a decade, has died after being found hanged in his prison cell, the Ohio Department of Corrections said.
Castro, 53, was found hanging in his cell at Correctional Reception Center in Orient, Ohio, Tuesday night at 9:20 p.m. local time, corrections spokeswoman JoEllen Smith said.
Facility staff tried unsuccessfully to resuscitate the prisoner, according to Smith. Castro was taken to Ohio State University Medical Center and was pronounced dead at 10:52 p.m. Officials didn’t provide further details on the apparent suicide.
“Inmate Ariel Castro was found hanging in his cell this evening at 9:20 p.m. at the Correctional Reception Center in Orient. He was housed in protective custody which means he was in a cell by himself and rounds are required every 30 minutes at staggered intervals,” Smith said in a statement. Castro was not on a suicide watch, which would have required constant observation.
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