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ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Department of Corrections says Ramsey County jailers failed to properly monitor an inmate who strangled himself while in custody.

Fifty-five-year-old Patrick McHugh was accused of killing his sister, brother-in-law and niece July 16 at their St. Paul home. He killed himself Aug. 20 in his Ramsey County Jail cell.

The St. Paul Pioneer Press reports the DOC’s review of jail standards concluded jailers failed to check on McHugh every 30 minutes as required by state law.

The Ramsey County Sheriff’s Department did not comment on the DOC’s review.

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