St. Lucie County jail inmate hangs herself in suicide attempt, subsequently hospitalized, Sheriff Mascara announces
A 41-year-old Port St. Lucie woman, jailed Monday night for battery on law officers and resisting arrest with violence, hung herself at the jail's medical wing early this morning, according to St. Lucie County Sheriff Ken J. Mascara.
Deputies at the St. Lucie County jail and jail medical personnel called 9-1-1 and attempted to revive Mariangela Woycenko, of 991 S.W. Bellevue Ave., Port St. Lucie, until fire-rescue workers arrived and took her to Lawnwood Regional Medical Center and Heart Institute, Sheriff Mascara said.
Efforts to revive Wycenko at the jail included CPR and the application of an automated external defibrillator.
She remains hospitalized at this time.
Deputies were sent to a disturbance Tuesday shortly before 6 p.m. in the 5000 block of Midway Road involving Wycenko and her son, Arthur F. Moraes, who lives with his mother, after she had been released from New Horizons Community Mental Health Center, 4500 Midway Road.
Arthur F. Moraes told deputies his mother was driving faster than 70 miles an hour and not stopping for red lights. He was able to stop the car, and remove the keys from the ignition. He told deputies that his mother said people were trying to kill her, and she was trying to get away.
Deputies decided she was a danger to herself and others and needed to be confined for psychiatric review pursuant to Florida's Baker Act.
Deputies handcuffed her and placed her in the back seat of their patrol car, where she slipped one hand from the cuffs, opened the glass divider separating the front and back seats, started punching the deputies and tried to grab the steering wheel.
Deputies were able to subdue Wycenko and arrested her for battery on law officers and resisting with violence.
They took her to the jail where medical staff members decided she should be placed in the jail's medical wing.
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