Inmate awaiting mental health treatment dies in Aspen jail

ASPEN, Colo. (AP) — Authorities are investigating the suicide of a jail inmate in Aspen awaiting mental health treatment.

The Pitkin County Sheriff's Office says 64-year-old Jillian White was found unconscious and unresponsive in her cell Sunday and deputies weren't able to revive her. Sheriff Joe DiSalvo told The Aspen Times Tuesday that she used an extension cord used by a previous inmate to plug in an oxgenator that shouldn't have been left there.

White had a history of theft and drunken driving allegations. She was arrested in August for allegedly stealing from neighbors and was recently found incompetent to stand trial.

Prosecutors say that her lawyer told the court Friday that she had found a private mental health facility for White to be sent to instead of the state hospital and requested that she be transferred there.

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Information from: The Aspen Times, http://www.aspentimes.com/

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