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Harris County Jail Inmate Dies of Apparent Suicide

Debora Ann Lyons was found hanging from a door in a common area of the county jail

Debora Ann Lyons, 58, was found hanging from a door in a common area of the Harris County jail on Tuesday, August 14, 2018.

The Harris County Sheriff’s Office (HCSO) reported Wednesday that a female inmate died Tuesday after apparently hanging herself.

A news release from the HCSO said that Debora Ann Lyons, 58, was found hanging from a door in a common area on the fourth floor of the 1200 Baker Street jail building at about 6:45 p.m. on Tuesday.

Lyons was taken by ambulance to Ben Taub Hospital and was pronounced dead on Wednesday afternoon.

The HCSO added the apparent suicide is being investigated by the Texas Rangers because state law that requires all jail deaths are investigated by an outside law enforcement agency.

Additionally, the HCSO’s Internal Affairs Division is investigating to determine whether all applicable policies and procedures were followed.

The death has also been reported to the Texas Commission on Jail Standards.

Lyons was booked into the jail on July 22 on a felony theft charge from the Houston Police Department.

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