Wisconsin authorities are investigating the apparent suicide of a Charleston woman who was found dead inside a Badger State jail cell over the weekend.
Bridgitt Moorehead, 41, was unresponsive inside a cell in the Ozaukee County jail early Sunday after apparently using bedding to hang herself, said sheriff’s Lt. Jeffrey Sauer, Ozaukee County jail administrator.
Moorehead had been in the jail since June 4, when she was arrested in the city of Mequon in connection with a domestic violence incident, authorities said.
Mequon police Capt. Dan Bontrock said officers were called to the Chalet Motel in that city at 10:38 p.m. to check out reports of an argument. They arrested Moorehead and a 50-year-old Charleston man on battery charges in connection with the dispute, which involved relationship problems they were having, he said.
Bontrock would not identify the man arrested with Moorehead.
A mental health counselor interviewed Moorehead 16 hours after she arrived at the jail and she expressed no desire to harm herself, Sauer said. She was then cleared to be housed in the jail’s general population. She was not on a suicide watch at the time of her death, he said.
Sauer said her death is only the second that has occurred at the jail in the 23 years he has been with the sheriff’s office.
Detectives from the Ozaukee County sheriff’s office are investigating Moorehead’s death and their findings will likely be turned over to an outside agency to review when they are finished, Sauer said.
Moorehead was previously arrested on criminal domestic violence charges in Charleston last year while living at Planters Trace Apartments on Ashley River Road. She was accused of kicking down an apartment door and punching and scratching her 49-year-old boyfriend during the Feb. 13, 2012 incident, according to a police report.
The Post and Courier was unable to determine the disposition of that charge Monday.