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Woman attempts suicide in Beltrami County Jail

An inmate at the Beltrami County Jail attempted to commit suicide Sunday evening, but was saved thanks to an alert fellow inmate and a quick response from jail staff.

According to Beltrami County Sheriff Phil Hodapp, the 26-year-old woman attempted to hang herself by a sheet in her cell just before 8 p.m. Sunday, but a nearby inmate alerted jail staff after hearing strange noises in the woman's cell.

Jail workers found the woman and were able to intervene and get her medical help, Hodapp said.

The inmate who alerted staff had suspected that the woman might try to hurt herself based on recent conversations they'd had, Hodapp said.

The woman is now receiving treatment at the Community Behavioral Health Hospital in Bemidji, Hodapp said.