AUBURN — Two inmates at Androscoggin County Jail were taken to a Lewiston hospital Monday night after apparent suicide attempts, a jail official said.
One of the two men was treated and released by Central Maine Medical Center; the other man was hospitalized and was said to be in stable condition Tuesday morning.
Both men had self-inflicted lacerations to their arms. Both had been conscious when jail guards discovered their injuries.
The men, who were not named by jail officials, had planned their actions together, said Capt. John Lebel, who heads up the jail. Psychological evaluations were planned for both.
The men were in separate cells in the maximum security block of the jail, Lebel said. They apparently used a blade from a razor that was snapped in half. Jail guards issue double-bladed razors to inmates for shaving and collect them afterward. Jail guards noticed a blade was missing from one of the razors earlier Monday and, after a search turned up nothing, were told by the inmate that he had flushed it down the toilet.
Both men had been on regular 15-minute checks. One of the inmates had been put on one-on-one round-the-clock suicide watch weeks earlier, but that level of scrutiny had been suspended, Lebel said.
The inmate who was released back to the jail Tuesday was placed on one-on-one suicide watch, Lebel said.
Both men are awaiting trial; one had been charged with arson, the other, who was charged with robbery, remains hospitalized, Lebel said.
"It's unusual to have two at one time," Lebel said.