UPDATE: Female inmate in critical condition after attempted suicide in County Jail

Published 4:33 pm Saturday, February 25, 2017

UPDATE: On Sunday, February 26th at approximately 12:29pm, Rosa Bonilla was pronounced deceased at Christus St. Elizabeth’s hospital.

35 year old Bonilla had been transported to the hospital Friday night after she was found hanging in a female holding cell at the Orange County Correctional Facility.

An autopsy has been requested and the investigation of Bonilla’s death will continue.

Further information will be provided as it comes available.


Press Release – On Friday, February 24, 2017 at approximately 8:50 pm, the Orange County Correctional Facility requested medical assistance when a white female was found hanging in a female holding cell. The correctional officer working that area of the jail had made routine rounds and was housing another female in the cell, in-between rounds, when she discovered the inmate in distress.


Jail and medical staff responded and began life saving measures. Acadian Ambulance arrived and the inmate was transported to Christus St. Elizabeth Hospital where she is reportedly in critical condition.


The 35 year old female had been arrested earlier in the day by Orange Police Department and had been booked into the jail at 10:44am on a misdemeanor drug charge.   She was the only inmate in the cell at the time of the incident.


The Orange County Criminal Investigative Division, the Orange County District Attorney’s Investigator, and Orange Police Department Investigators responded to assist the Texas Rangers with the initial call.


Sheriff Keith Merritt stated there will be a thorough and continuing investigation into this incident.