SAN ANTONIO — Bexar County deputies say detention center officials "interrupted" the suicide attempt of a 35-year-old inmate early Saturday afternoon, performing life-saving measures before transporting him to a local hospital. 

The inmate, Rondell Lee Peterson, was arrested Friday on human trafficking and child sexual assault charges. He had not been behind bars for 24 hours before officials say a deputy passed by the cell during routine checks and found him hanging. 

Sheriff Javier Salazar said he was immediately taken to a local hospital, where doctors placed him in an medically-induced coma "until they can stabilize him."

"He is facing quite a bit of time in jail if he's found guilty," he said. 

The incident comes three days after a new jail chief was appointed to support current staff, and a few weeks after a series of erroneous releases at the facility. 

As of Saturday evening, it's unclear if Peterson will survive.

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