Richmond City Jail Floods Following Suicide Attempt

Broken sprinkler system following suicide attempt leads to flood.

By Chris Roberts
|  Friday, Feb 14, 2014  |  Updated 12:47 PM PDT
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Richmond City Jail Floods Following Suicide Attempt

A failed suicide attempt led to a real flood at the Richmond city jail.

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Richmond's city jail flooded, at a still-unknown cost to the city, after a sprinkler system broke during a suicide attempt.

A 19-year-old woman tied a blanket to an overhead sprinkler in her cell in a hanging attempt, the Bay Area News Group reported.

The "weight of her body" broke the sprinkler, the newspaper group reported, leading to a flood in her cell and a psychiatric hold for her.

She was in jail on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon following an alleged encounter with a man upon whom used a knife on Tuesday, the newspaper reported.

Other jail cells were also flooded.

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