Investigators: Lancaster jailer asleep when inmate hanged


LANCASTER COUNTY, S.C. - Investigators have determined a jail officer was asleep when a man hanged himself in the Lancaster County jail earlier this year.

Channel 9’s partners at The Herald of Rock Hill reported that investigators determined that the officer falsified jail records to show she had performed routine checks on inmates.

The officer and her supervisor were fired as part of the investigation of the death of 44-year-old Randy William Stevens on May 20. Stevens had been arrested on a disorderly conduct charge May 19.

The investigation determined the officer on duty slept for two hours with headphones on her ears.

Her supervisor was fired because she ignored the employee's sleeping on the job, left work for an hour without permission and failed to make sure officers were checking on inmates.

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