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Death of female inmate in Henry County under investigation



HENRY COUNTY, VA – The death of a female inmate is under investigation after the Henry County Sheriff's Office said she attempted to commit suicide on Friday.


At around 4:15 p.m., 34-year-old Delberia Bradley Alcorn attempted to commit suicide by hanging herself with a bedsheet, according to the sheriff’s office.


Deputies working in the control room noticed Alcorn had hung a blanket up in an effort to obscure the camera’s view.


Before this incident, authorities said she exhibited no behavior requiring her to be under any type of extra watch.


When deputies got to the cell, they found Alcorn unresponsive.


They immediately began life-saving measures, including CPR, until the Henry County Department of Public Safety and Fieldale-Collinsville Rescue Squads arrived.


At the time, she had a pulse and was flown to Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital for treatment.


Authorities said Alcorn died from her injuries on Monday and her body has been sent to the medical examiner’s office for an autopsy to determine the cause and manner of death.


According to the sheriff’s office, Delberia Alcorn was jailed on January 2, 2019 for 11 felony charges and one misdemeanor and was held at Henry County Jail without bond.


The investigations division at the sheriff’s office conducted an investigation and reported the death to the Virginia Department of Corrections and they will conduct their own an investigation.


The VDOC will submit their findings to the board of corrections for review.


While it's not the protocol of BTW21 News to report suicides, we feel obligated to report the findings of an ongoing inmate death investigation.

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