The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is investigating an apparent inmate suicide that occurred in the Cherokee County jail on Thursday, authorities said.
According to Cherokee Sheriff's Office spokesman Capt. Jay Baker:
"Inmate Mark Maloney, 56 years old of Emerson, died yesterday from an apparent suicide. Deputies attempted life saving measures prior to Maloney being transported to Northside Cherokee Hospital where he was late pronounced dead," Baker said.
Maloney had been arrested Jan. 9 and charged with criminal attempt to commit child molestation, obscene internet contact with a child, sexual exploitation of a child and trafficking a person for sexual service.
Maloney was not on suicide watch, a status in which inmates are looked in on by jail staff every 15 minutes. Inmates not on suicide watch are checked twice each hour, Baker said.
The GBI investigates all deaths of people who are in custody. The incident occurred about 4 a.m. Thursday, Baker said.