Teenager Dies A Week After Bexar Jail Suicide Attempt

A teenager who attempted to kill herself in the Bexar County jail on Saturday died today at University Hospital, News Radio 1200 WOAI reports.

Sheriff's officials say Ashanti Taylor, 19, was found unresponsive in her cell by a detention officer last weekend and was rushed to the hospital, where she remained on life support before passing away today.

Taylor was arrested July 6th on a charge of making a threat against a member of her family, and had been held because she could not post ten percent of $800 bail.

The Texas Commission on Jail Standards will help conduct the investigation. The case will also be handled in accordance with the Sandra Bland Act, a 2017 law passed by the Legislature after a young woman killed herself in a Houston area jail following an arrest on a minor traffic charge.


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