The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

Crime & Courts

February 15, 2014

Anderson man dies after hanging himself in jail

PINEVILLE, Mo. — A McDonald County inmate who hanged himself in a jail cell Monday night later died at Freeman Hospital West in Joplin.

Robert Mason, 36, of Anderson, died in the intensive care unit of the hospital Wednesday night, the McDonald County Sheriff’s Department said in a news release Friday.

Other inmates discovered Mason hanging in a cell, got him down and initiated resuscitation efforts while calling for jailers. The inmates and jail staff were able to keep him alive, but he was taken to the hospital in an unresponsive state.

Sheriff Michael Hall said Mason had been in jail since his arrest Jan. 21 on drug and child endangerment charges.

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