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Failed suicide attempt at jail

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By Whitney Jones

A woman is back behind bars after an apparent weekend suicide attempt at the Los Alamos County Jail.

Marion Loope, 28, of Los Alamos was released Monday from Christus St. Vincent’s Hospital in Santa Fe after an apparent failed suicide attempt while incarcerated at the Los Alamos Detention Center.

Loope was in custody of the Los Alamos Police Department and returned to the detention center Monday night, Deputy Chief Kevin Purtymun said.

According to Purtymun, Loope was found at 12:30 a.m. Sunday and was transported to the Los Alamos Medical Center. She was then transported to St. Vincent’s Hospital in Santa Fe where she was initially reported as being in critical condition.

Cpt. Randy Foster said he could not release any details on how Loope may have attempted suicide stating there is an internal investigation into the matter. He said two detention officers were on duty at the time.

Loope had been under suicide watch since late March, police reports show and Foster confirmed.

Loope has been in and out of the jail since late 2009 and had been admitted to the Behavioral Health Institute in Las Vegas late last month after stating she may commit suicide. While incarcerated, incident reports show that she would routinely get riled up and rip up towels and bed sheets, and would toss her food around her jail cell.

The latest incident that ended with her behind bars occurred last October when Loope allegedly became irate with Los Alamos Medical Center staff stating that they wouldn’t help her or allow her to leave, a police report states. She allegedly attempted to attack her mother and hospital personnel. Police were dispatched to the scene and Loope was placed under arrest, the report states. Loope also allegedly destroyed a printer while she was being booked at the jail.

Loope was charged with battery on a healthcare worker and criminal damage to property in that incident.
She was subsequently sentenced to a diversion program, Purtymun said, but was issued a court summons for failure to comply with the conditions of her release.

Loope appeared in court last week after an incident in the jail in which she allegedly kicked and spit on an officer, an April 6 police report shows. There, Los Alamos Magistrate Judge Pat Casados ordered her back to jail, Purtymun said.

Loope has not been found guilty of any related charges to the above mentioned incidents, an online court database indicates.

And police chief Wayne Torpy credited detention center employees for their work during the incident.

John Severance contributed to this story.