Authorities have charged a former Oklahoma County Detention Center officer following an investigation into an inmate’s death. neglect of duty in connection with the death of Gabriel Yalartai. At around 4:20 a.m. on Dec. 26, a detention officer found Yalartai in his cell and began CPR after what appeared to be a suicide attempt, officials said. The charge nurse arrived and pronounced Yalartai dead. Oklahoma County Detention Center officials said investigators learned that the detention officer did not conduct spot checks at Yalartai during his shift. Authorities released Knight from the Oklahoma County Detention Center the following day. “We are responsible for the care and well-being of inmates in our custody. When that trust is broken, we will work with law enforcement to hold people accountable.”

Authorities have charged a former Oklahoma County Detention Center officer following an investigation into an inmate’s death.

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Detention center officials said Jesse Paul Knight was charged on Tuesday with destroying or falsifying records and willfully disregarding his duties in connection with the death of Gabriel Yalartai.

At around 4:20 a.m. on Dec. 26, a detention officer found Yalartai in his cell and began CPR after what appeared to be a suicide attempt, officials said. The charge nurse arrived and declared Yalartai dead.

Oklahoma County Detention Center officials said investigators learned that the detention officer did not conduct spot checks at Yalartai during his shift.

Authorities released Knight from the Oklahoma County Detention Center the following day.

“Our special investigation unit has determined that the detention officer failed to do his duty,” Oklahoma County Detention Center CEO Greg Williams said in a news release. “We are responsible for the care and well-being of inmates in our custody. When that trust is broken, we will work with law enforcement to hold people accountable.”

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