Inmate clinging to life after suicide attempt in Cumberland County Jail

The Cumberland County Sheriff's Office says Dante Majeroni was found in his cell hanging from a bed sheet during a routine watch. (Stephanie Majeroni)

PORTLAND (WGME) -- A man is clinging to life Wednesday night after deputies say he tried to hang himself inside the Cumberland County Jail.

His family says he was hanging in his cell for half an hour before deputies found him, but officials at the jail say they don't believe they did anything wrong.

The Cumberland County Sheriff's Office says Dante Majeroni was found in his cell hanging from a bed sheet during a routine watch. He was later revived and sent to the hospital, but his family says he's not expected to survive.

Deputies say 26-year-old Dante Majeroni was brought to the jail on Feburary 15, charged with assault and domestic violence.

Officials say he was in a high security cell, and say he attempted suicide a few weeks back, but was not on a suicide watch Tuesday night.

Majeroni's family says he deals with PTSD.

In phone calls from the jail, they say Majeroni told them how unhappy he was.

The sheriff's office says they only have four mental health workers for more than 400 inmates, but Majeroni's family says there needs to be more done.

Officials say they believe protocol was followed, but hope to prevent this in the future.

The Sheriff Kevin Joyce says the Portland Police Department is investigating this incident, but he says his department will be conducting their own internal investigation.

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