Authorities: South Elgin inmate who died had threatened suicide in past
By Janelle Walker For Sun-Times Media August 25, 2013 7:26PM
Updated: August 26, 2013 3:51PM
An inmate who died Friday after being found unresponsive in her cell at the Kane County Adult Justice Center near Geneva has been identified as a 52-year-old South Elgin resident who died of asphyxiation by hanging, a preliminary report shows.
According to police, the woman had made a suicidal threat in the past.
Terry A. Hart of the 600 block of Woodland Drive was found in her cell about 1:45 p.m. by a correctional officer during a routine check, according to a Kane County Sheriff’s Office press release.
She was taken to Delnor Hospital in Geneva, where she was pronounced dead at about 5:08 p.m.
Hart had been in jail since July 31.
According to South Elgin police, officers were called to Hart’s home on Oct. 26, 2012, on a report of a suicidal subject making threats. When officers said they were going to transport her for evaluation, she threatened to spit, kick or bite officers, police said. As she was being removed, she did kick one officer in the groin, officials said, and attempted to bite another, according to South Elgin police Lt. Mike Doty.
Hart was charged with aggravated battery and aggravated assault to a police officer, as well as resisting or obstructing an officer.
She had been found guilty on some of those charges in a recent trial and was remanded to jail following the trial, officials said. Hart was awaiting an Oct. 3 sentencing date, according to the Kane County Clerk of Court website.
Kane County sheriff’s detectives are investigating the incident.