COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio officials say two prison guards falsified logs documenting their observation of Cleveland kidnapper Ariel Castro in the hours before he killed himself.
A report from the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction says video indicates no checks were done on Castro at least eight times the afternoon and evening before he died.
The report released Thursday said that checks were done properly twice before Castro hanged himself on Sept. 3 at a prison reception center south of Columbus.
The report also said that an ambulance contracted to provide medical assistance at the prison was significantly late in arriving, but the delay didn't affect the outcome.
The report also said prison staff failed to make sure Castro watched a suicide prevention video when he first arrived in August.
The officials suggested in the report it’s possible Castro died of auto-erotic asphyxiation, not suicide.
It said Castro’s pants and underwear were pulled down to his ankles when he was found. It also says Castro did not leave a suicide note and “multiple levels of assessment” did not find tendency toward suicide.
The state forwarded those facts to police to consider the possibility of auto-erotic asphyxiation, whereby individuals achieve sexual satisfaction by briefly choking themselves into unconsciousness.