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Prisoner Who Hit Mother Hangs Self

December 27, 1987|From Associated Press

A 28-year-old man hanged himself in his jail cell after his mother had him arrested for hitting her at a Christmas night party, Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department deputies said Saturday.

Dwight Mathews of Altadena was pronounced dead Friday night at Huntington Memorial Hospital in Pasadena, after he was found hanging in a jail cell at the Altadena sheriff's substation about 9:40 p.m., Deputy Dan Cox said. Mathews used his sweater to fashion a noose and hang himself, Cox added.

Mathews was booked for investigation of battery about 8:30 p.m. after his mother, Ilene Mosley, placed him under citizen's arrest, deputies said.

Mathews had been drinking at a family gathering and got into an argument with his mother over "his disobedience," Sgt. George Grein said. A shoving match followed and Mathews allegedly hit Mosley in the face with his fist, Grein said. Relatives restrained Mathews until deputies arrived.

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