An 18-year-old inmate is alive after he was found hanging in a shower Sunday afternoon at the Clinton County Jail.
Correctional officers discovered Joshua J. Miller hanging in a shower in one of the cellblocks at the jail around 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, according to reports from the Clinton County Sheriff’s Office and Clinton County Attorney Mike Wolf.
The officers cut Miller down and administered first aid until paramedics from the Clinton Fire Department arrived and transported him to Mercy Medical Center in Clinton.
As of Tuesday afternoon, Wolf said he did not know Miller’s condition.
Wolf said the showers in cellblocks at the jail offer some privacy. An inmate using a shower stall can use a curtain across the shower entrance.
Miller, a Clinton resident, was being held in the jail on warrants for failure to appear in court for hearings on charges of second-degree harassment and driving while suspended.
Clinton police arrested him Friday morning, and he was served with warrants on third-degree burglary, forgery, identity theft, credit card fraud, burglary to a motor vehicle and fourth-degree theft later in the day after being booked into the jail.
The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation is assisting the Clinton County Sheriff’s Office and the Clinton County Attorney’s Office with an investigation into the incident.
“When we have a situation like that in our county jail, it’s standard to have an outside perspective,” Wolf said.