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INVESTIGATION UNDERWAY FOLLOWING DETAINEE DEATH

On April 4, 2022, Christina Marie Garcia passed away by way of an apparent suicide while in custody at the Doña Ana County Detention Center.  Garcia was found hanging by a bed sheet from the fire sprinkler head at approximately 5:45 p.m. while detention officers were serving the dinner meal.

Garcia was observed several times between 5:00 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. by detention officers. Records of the intercom system indicate Garcia had contact with the control station and was discovered approximately 11 minutes after her contact with the control center.

When Garcia was discovered, medical staff responded and was able to stabilize her. Garcia was transported to a local hospital, and was being evaluated for transfer to a hospital in El Paso for further care when she passed away at approximately 11:55 p.m.

Garcia had been in custody since March 29, 2022.  During this time, she did not show any signs of emotional distress or suicidal ideations. Garcia had been incarcerated at the detention center on previous occasions and had never been identified as a potential suicide risk during any of the time she had been incarcerated.  An internal investigation is ongoing.

For more information about Doña Ana County, please visit www.donaanacounty.org.

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