Deputy confirms San Augustine inmate kills self day after arrest

SAN AUGUSTINE, TX (KTRE) - By Jeff Awtrey - email

SAN AUGUSTINE, TX (KTRE) - A 21-year-old woman hanged herself to death a day after being booked into the San Augustine County jail, a sheriff's office spokesman said Tuesday.

According to Chief Deputy Allen Cunningham, Sonya Sheffield was arrested Feb. 27 on an outstanding warrant in Anderson County on a charge of debit/credit card abuse.

Cunningham said at about 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 28, a jailer found Sheffield hanging herself to death with a standard-issue towel.

"She gave no indication she was suicidal, nor experienced any kind of mental health issues," Cunningham said.

Cunningham said Sheffield still had a pulse, and was transported by helicopter to a Lufkin hospital, where she was pronounced dead at 1:10 a.m. March 1.

Cunningham said he did not feel there was anything that could have been done from preventing Sheffield from hanging herself.

"If someone is determined to take their own life, they're probably going to do it," he said.

Cunningham said the Texas Rangers are investigating the death.

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