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UPDATE:Man accused of fatally beating boy, commits suicide at jail


UPDATE: Hamilton County Sheriff Jim Hammond confirmed on Monday during a news conference that Justin Bradley committed suicide in his isolated jail cell early Saturday morning.  

Jail personnel says Bradley used his bed sheet, which he wrapped around his cell bars and strangled himself.

Sheriff Hammond says “Bradley was not on suicide watch.  He was with us for a couple of weeks and there was no reason to believe he needed to be. The reason why Bradley was placed in a cell by himself was due to the nature of the alleged crime he committed to protect his safety from other inmates.”

Rounds are made to check on an inmates every 30-40 minutes unless the medical staff says otherwise. Sheriff Hammond did say the jail is understaffed to meet the demands of checking in on all inmates.

PREVIOUS STORY: A 23-year-old man accused of beating a 3-year-old to death committed suicide at the jail early Saturday morning, multiple sources at Hamilton County Sheriff's Office first confirmed to Channel 3. The inmate was taken to Erlanger hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Justin Dale Bradley was charged with criminal homicide after he phoned deputies saying that Dakota James Arndt, had drowned. 

However, all evidence pointed to signs that the child had suffered a brutal beating before dying. 

Medical staff found bruising to the forehead, chest, back, buttocks and groin area. An examination showed that Dakota had a dislocated shoulder, bi-lateral retinal hemorrhaging and severe brain swelling, according to an affidavit. 

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Bradley, who was dating the child's mother, had been placed on suicide watch at the jail after the child's death in August. His next court date was scheduled for Sept. 30 before Hamilton County Sessions Court Judge David Bales.

Sources confirmed that Bradley was evaluated and removed from suicide watch before he took his own life.

The sheriff's office released a statement saying the incident happened just before 1 a.m. The statement did not call identify Bradley or label his death as a suicide. 

"Jail personnel found the male inmate unresponsive in his cell and initiated CPR," said Janice Atkinson, public information officer. "The party was transported to an area hospital but did not respond to medical attempts to revive him and was pronounced dead."  

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