Sandusky County jail inmate hangs herself

A female inmate at the Sandusky County jail committed suicide Thursday night
Associated Press
Mar 3, 2014

A corrections deputy found Mary Eberly, 38, of Fremont, in her housing unit at 7:16 p.m., according to The Toledo Blade.

She was found hanged with a telephone cord, the paper reported.

Eberly was not on any type of medical or health watch.

Police arrested Eberly on Feb. 25 and charged her with theft. She was sentenced in Fremont Municipal Court to 45 days in jail for a probation violation, the Blade reported.

Calls into the Sandusky County Sheriff’s office were referred to Sandusky County Sheriff Kyle Overmyer.

No report was available, deputies said.

Overmyer did not return repeated phone calls over two days to his cell phone and office.

Comments

Seen it All

Phone cord? Do they all have phones in their cells? What's going on over there!?!!

Krissy3

They have a pay phone in the main housing area. I'm sure most jails do.

lugnut2511

Yet another Sandusky county mysterious death. Someone needs to check this entire county out for corruption.Seriously, I phone cord in a jail cell since when

margaritaville88

Agreed! WHO is gonna put an end to the corruption???

BabyMomma

I knew they had installed stripper poles in all the females cells, but I didn't know they got their own phones too! I'm going to county!

lmalley77

BabyMomma, your insensitive remarks on every story do not make you "Cool" by any means!! This woman was related to a friend of mine, and although I didn't know the woman who killed herself, I still have enough class about myself to not poke fun or jokes at such a tragic event. You, and others like you need to go to some classes that teach you about class and respect for the human race, because you have NONE!!!

candleburner

Well put! No matter the situation there's no reason for remarks like those that were made. The situation is already suspicious enough but then to have inappropriate comments being made in an open forum where friends and family of this young woman can see them are just that - inappropriate.

So sorry for your friend's loss lmalley.

lmalley77

Oh yeah...and I'm adding my sympathies for the woman who died and her family who now have to endure the pain of losing her in such a manner!

usmc21

Amen Imalley77...This is not funny at all! BabyMomma grow up!

Darkhorse

How many more people have to die in Sandusky County before someone starts to pay attention? Way too many deaths in one county jail.

rbenn

A good way to prevent this is STOP DOING THINGS TO GET ARRESTED!!But yes there is a huge problem in that county

Matt Westerhold

Your logic is distorted, rbenn. If you get arrested you should not die in jail (Burdine) or be allowed to commit suicide in a jail cell with a telephone cord. And a jail where a death occurs should be able to provide an initial report of that death.  

transplant

Matt, how is his logic distorted? He is absolutely correct. Don't do stupid stuff that is going to get you arrested in the first place. Problem solved.

jacksonbrowne

Right. Nobody wants to take personal responsibility for their own actions. It is ALWAYS somebody else's fault.

Babo

Is it possible that the police arrest some people for stupid or wrongful reasons and that there are more efficient methods than jail for incidents like misdemeanor probation violations? Did she have a hearing, did she have an opportunity to make bail?

Maybe she was depressed because of the unfairness of her arrest and jailing or the lack of protection of her rights?

I felt the same way about the mentally ill woman who was jailed and sexually exploited for a misdemeanor and denied her medications. People have no idea of the abysmal conditions in these jails and the lack of fairness in many court hearings that result in unnecessary incarcerations.

pizon

Many of your questions can be answered if you would take the time to read the article Babo.

Babo

Actually there is little factual information in the story such as the nature of the crime (how much did she steal) and the nature of her probation violation. The questions are rhetorical in nature and intended to induce questioning of the legal processes and policies that placed her in a jail and the lack of professionalism in that jail, i.e. critical thinking.

rbenn

If you read my comment Matt, it did state that I agreed there was a problem in that county. And I stand by my comment.

Matt Westerhold

Generally, a person is innocent until proven guilty, rbenn, and should not be subject to death, sexual exploitation or other actions that might go beyond that standard. That's how it's supposed to work. 

rbenn

again u seemed to miss the part where I said that there is a problem in Sandusky county. Things are not right there and need to be investigated.

Matt Westerhold

No, I see that, rbenn. You seem to be missing the "innocent until proven guilty" part. 

Jmschmidt812

Your article implies she was found guilty of a probation violation and sentenced to 45 days. There's the innocent until proven guilty

jacksonbrowne

Rbenn, you will not win your argument with westerhold. Those that have tried have never been seen again! Apparently Westerhold has a woody for LE after his run in with LE.

gene44870

Yea well in some jailypu are guilty on till proven innocent.It just goes to show you that the jails have you guilty before even going to court regardless if they are the arresting officer or jailer

Jmschmidt812

Are you insinuating that the officers knew she was going to kill herself? Your suggestion that they allowed her to do so implies they had knowledge of her intentions and did nothing to stop it.

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The Hero Zone

It is odd for sure. Maybe it's because I've been watching a lot of Supernatural lately but maybe it's haunted? The comment is in half-jest, but meant to bring up that with the reputation/public sentiment that is being developed there...

"We can't go there, that's the old Sandusky County place!"

Some open communication and PR campaign may help to clear the air.

Lawyerintraining

@babymomma....I can't agree with these other people any more...how insensitive could you possibly be!!!!! Must be a reason your name is babymomma... Because I call my self Mom or a parent...how crude!!!

BabyMomma

Duh!

mikeylikesit

it seems to me that babymomma's comment went to the crookedness and corruption in sandusky county, not to this woman or her family.

lmalley77

No, it seems to me that she insists on posting ridiculous comments about any and every article in the newspaper! I feel really sorry for her that she doesn't have more class, and even self respect for her image as it is portrayed on media/social networking sites. Is she really THAT starved for attention that she has to always be the "class clown" and start with the insensitive comments? A comment of, "sympathy for the deceased and her family," would have sufficed! NOT talking about stripper poles and then saying she's going to the county!! She is distasteful the majority of the time in these comments, and really needs to grow up!!!

mikeylikesit

umm.. he is a guy..

lmalley77

Well, excuse me that a "guy" calls himself "babymomma" as a screen handle! Either way it goes, male, female, alien, my comments still stand and this guy that calls himself BabyMomma needs to gain some respect for not only themselves, but the rest of the human race! Good day!

eriemom

BabyMomma is a male? Never would have guessed that.

mikeylikesit

me either but i guess it's true.. wait a minute! eriemom.. is this my dad?

holysee

YOU GIVE THE ATTENTION THAT BABYMOMMA WANTS. SUCCESS! ALL CAPS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Lawyerintraining

Thank you greatly for the back up IMALLEY77...and I agree baby momma a guy??? Then so be it either way this person will meet with his or her own karma one day...and I sure hope there there child never see a doomed way out of life with a parent like this!!!!!!

holysee

THEIR child. To manny typoes hear.

mikeylikesit

you are excused..

CatsAreTheBest419

Mr. Westerhold I agree that it is always terrible when someone takes their own life. But I have news for you it happens. If she didn't say anything to anyone about her plans how could of it been avoided. As matter of fact people have attempted to end their lives in your beloved Erie county jail. So get over your hatred for Sandusky County and move on with your life.

happyfeet64

Really? I have lived in major cities where "inmate deaths" have occurred-suicide,combative,etc. and I'm sorry but to encounter the same type of crap here is inexcusable. I have been incarcerated and have a family. The pattern of behavior that is being exhibited scares me to death. It needs to brought out in public, not condoned and be investigated. Matt,IMO you're doing your job and doing it well. This should NEVER be considered acceptable-NEVER!!

Krissy3

There are cameras in the main housing area, so I'm sure they have video of it happening. It is my understanding that she was found by the other female inmates, not the CO.

Matt Westerhold

I'm not a hater. That requires energy that is destructive. 

AEversole

Oh yes don't get arrested! I will keep that in mind next time I set out for a night on the town,
B/C its always in my plans. C'mon Man!!!!! No one wants to get arrested and plans on most of the time they don't plan on doing the bone head things that get them in the country jail for a few days. Duh. Its only common sense here guys. No one should have to worry about the safety of themselves or their loved ones while they are in custody. It is absurd that these people can't manage to keep their inmates alive. What a joke. The state should come in and clean house of this large group of losers. Losers Losers Losers!!!

AEversole

Well said happy feet.. At least their are a few people with an actual brain in here.....

AEversole

No one wants to get arrested or plans on it. Most of the time they don't plan on doing the bone headed things that land them in the slammer

Krissy3

She was not under mental health care, but should have been. She clearly didn't commit suicide and leave her children and longtime love behind because of a 45 day sentence. What is the screening process for suicidal thoughts? Is there one? How long does it take for the mental health counselors to respond to a referral or a request and how often do they receive care? If someone is suicidal they will find a way to do it, even in jail.

I hope you have finally found peace Mary.

whattheBucks

No no no no no !! And I apologize if I'm wrong, but isn't this the place where if you have a mental condition they put you in a cell and make you perform sex acts on yourself while they watch ?

Ralph J.

I remember being locked up in Fremont's police city jail on false traffic charges. They took away my belt and shoe laces. How did a phone wire get into the county jail? That is the question.

Krissy3

It was the pay phone wire in the the main area of the block

Babo

Correct, but that area is supposed to be monitored. So how did it happen without anyone (inmate or CO) intervening?

Ralph J.

Where are the surveillance camera tapes to confirm this? The sheriff is supposed to ensure the safety of the inmates. Is there proof that Mary committed suicide or did another inmate kill her? Either way, the sheriff did not keep Mary from harms way as required by law.

http://codes.ohio.gov/orc/341.01