Spokane man charged in mother’s overdose death takes his own life in jail
SPOKANE — Authorities said an inmate died by apparent suicide at the Spokane County Jail on Friday.
Robert Abraham Taitch was in custody on homicide charges when he died. Spokane County officials said he died by climbing up on a guard rail and jumping head first into a cement floor below.
Authorities said jail staff attempted to save Taitch’s life, but he was pronounced dead at the scene. Per protocol, the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the case.
Taitch was being held on multiple charges, including controlled substance homicide, theft and several assault charges.
Taitch was accused of killing his mother by injecting her with a lethal dose of heroin.
“As with any death that occurs in custody, this incident is truly tragic. We take the safety of our inmate population and our employees very seriously. This incident is heart wrenching for our staff especially in light of endless efforts we have put in place to implement policies recommended by nationally recognized consultants to address suicide prevention and medical emergencies in our facilities,” said Detention Services Director Michael Sparber.
“On behalf of the County Commissioners, our heartfelt thoughts and prayers are with the family of Mr. Taitch. We also want to commend the Spokane County Detention Services staff for the effort they make on a daily basis to keep our inmate population and their fellow correction officers safe,” said Mary Kuney, Chair of the Spokane County Board of Commissioners.
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