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Inmate's death in Douglas County jail a suspected suicide

Cause and manner of death still under investigation

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Officials are investigating the death of Daniel Bellinger, an inmate at the Douglas County jail who was found unresponsive and hanging from his bed with a sheet around his neck, the Douglas County Sheriff's Office reported in a news release.

At 11:30 a.m. Sept. 6, deputies were told to check on the wellbeing of Bellinger, 40, the release says. When they found Bellinger, they immediately called for medical staff and began CPR.

Bellinger was transported to the hospital, where he survived his injuries through the night, according to the sheriff's office. He was pronounced dead at 2 p.m. Sept. 7. The final cause and manner of death is under investigation by the sheriff's office, the 18th Judicial District Attorney's Office and the Douglas County Coroner's Office.

Bellinger was in custody on several charges, including vehicle trespass, possession of fraudulent financial devices, theft, false reporting, obstructing police, possession of a weapon by a previous offender and three out-of-county warrants, the release says. His total bond was $13,000.

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