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Teen in police cruiser hangs self in Anderson

– A 17-year-old boy arrested in connection with a burglary died Wednesday after he apparently managed to maneuver his cuffed hands from behind his back to his front before hanging himself with a seat belt in a patrol car, police said.

Anderson police spokesman Joel Sandefur said officers arrested the teen, another juvenile and a man after being called to investigate a 12:17 a.m. burglar alarm Wednesday at the Madison County Shrine Club in Anderson, about 25 miles northeast of Indianapolis.

Sandefur said the 17-year-old’s hands were cuffed behind his back and that the teen was placed alone in the patrol car’s back seat as officers dealt with the others.

While officers handled the two other suspects, Sandefur said the teen somehow maneuvered his cuffed hands from behind him to his front and then used a seat belt as a ligature to hang himself.

Sandefur said Indiana State Police will investigate how long the teen was alone in the patrol car and how he got his cuffed hands from behind his back.

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