NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- Authorities say a 15-year-old inmate died in an apparent suicide in his cell at the Orleans Parish Justice Center.

The Orleans Parish Sheriff's Office said in a news release a deputy found Jaquin Thomas unresponsive in his cell at 9:19 p.m. Monday. The sheriff's office says Thomas had used a mattress cover to asphyxiate himself. He was pronounced dead at University Medical Center just after 10 p.m.

Thomas had been in jail since July.

He was to be tried as an adult on charges of second-degree murder and aggravated battery.

The sheriff's office said the results of their investigation will be submitted to the Orleans Parish District Attorney's office for review.

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