Autopsy: Cook County Jail inmate committed suicide

SHARE Autopsy: Cook County Jail inmate committed suicide

A west suburban man recently charged with sexual assault died Thursday evening at the Cook County jail, and an autopsy found he committed suicide.

Jairo Avitia, 25, attended a bond hearing Jan. 24 after being charged with predatory criminal sexual assault, court records show. He was ordered held on $325,000.

The next day, Avitia apparently attempted to commit suicide at the jail and was taken to a hospital for treatment, Sophia Ansari, Cook County sheriff’s office spokeswoman, said, citing a preliminary report.

Avitia, of the 5200 block of West 25th Place in Cicero, was pronounced dead at 5:49 p.m. Thursday at Stroger Hospital, according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

An autopsy Friday found he died of anoxic encephalopathy from hanging and ruled his death a suicide, the medical examiner’s office said.

The Latest
The debate around police in schools has been a thorny one since the social justice protests in the summer of 2020 after a Minneapolis police officer murdered George Floyd. A Springfield bill on the issue is the latest backlash to Mayor Brandon Johnson’s Board of Education.
He died after slipping and falling in the shower while house-sitting for a friend in Brussels, Belgium, TMZ.com reported Wednesday.
The top 10 albums culminated Apple Music’s inaugural 100 best albums, which started with a 10-day countdown last week.
Notes: Cubs reliever Adbert Alzolay is expected to be shut down from throwing for at least two weeks.
Winds up to 62 mph were recorded in the suburbs Tuesday night. Two people were injured when winds knocked a tree down in St. Charles Township.