Ind. teen hangs self in back seat of police car

Ind. teen hangs self in back seat of police car

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by WHAS11

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Posted on August 8, 2012 at 4:41 PM

Updated Wednesday, Aug 8 at 4:45 PM

ANDERSON, Ind. (AP) -- Central Indiana police say a 17-year-old boy arrested in connection with a burglary died after he apparently freed himself from handcuffs in the back seat of a police car and hanged himself with a seat belt.

Anderson Police arrested the boy, another juvenile and a man early Wednesday after being called to investigate a burglar alarm at the Madison County Shrine Club.

Police spokesman Joel Sandefur says the 17-year-old was handcuffed behind his back and placed alone in a police car. He says the youth somehow managed to free himself from the handcuffs and then used a seat belt to hang himself.

Police performed CPR on the youth but he was pronounced dead at a local hospital.

Sandefur says Indiana State Police will investigate the circumstances of the teen's death.

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