Orange county police report that a domestic violence suspect was found in his cell around noon on January 2, 2015. The coroner’s office identified the man as 49 year old Daniel Oppenheimer. He was arrested after a female called the La Habra police Department at approximately 9:45 am on Friday January 2, 2015 about a domestic dispute. When police arrived on scene they placed Oppenheimer into custody.
Oppenheimer was found unconscious in his cell. Police began life saving measures until the paramedics arrived. Upon their arrival he was then transported to nearby St. Jude Medical Center in Fullerton around 1:00 pm where he was pronounced dead. Police have said that Oppenheimer was left alone in his cell at the time of his hanging.
Dr. Alex Lickerman states that people generally commit suicide for six reasons:
Only time will tell in this case. An autopsy is scheduled to be performed on Oppenheimer. The orange county police report that an autopsy could take weeks. A full investigation is being conducted by the Orange County district Attorney’s Office. Investigations into possible causes for a suicide maybe derived from the investigation. Until that time, police are withholding further details about his arrest and the death of Oppenheimer.
Suicide while in custody is not common but not unheard of. In 2013 there weren’t any suicides in Orange County Jails. However in 2011 and 2012 only one suicide was reported. In the last ten years only 5 suicides have been reported in Orange County Jails while the neighboring Los Angeles County reported 5 last year alone.
The Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse World Health Organization and International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP) have written a detailed manual dedicated to ending jail house suicides entitled, “Preventing Suicide in Jails and Prisons.” It outlines prisoners that maybe at a higher risk for suicide and preventative measures that can be implemented in jails. These measures are used in Orange County jails as well as jails across the country to keep inmates from committing suicides. Despite every effort to keep inmates from hurting themselves there are some instances when police remain helpless because they cannot be everywhere at the same time.
Those facing charges for domestic violence are encouraged to contact a domestic violence defense lawyer in Orange County as soon as possible. These charges can result in serious repercussions even when the defendant is not guilty. Call (888) 250-2865 to obtain a free domestic violence case evaluation from a skilled attorney today.
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