An Ohio medical examiner contradicted reports that kidnapper Ariel Castro died from auto-erotic asphyxiation.
Franklin Country coroner Paula Gorniak's statement Thursday night disputed allegations from Ohio corrections officials that the man who kidnapped, held captive and raped three girls for nearly 10 years, died accidentally in his jail cell.
Castro was found in his cell dangling from a bed sheet with his pants and underwear down, corrections officials said. But that's not enough evidence to back up the notion, Gorniak said. His pants may have slipped off while he was hanging, she said.
Gorniak said she was not made aware that Castro was found with his pants down in the jail cell, but that does not change the cause of death.
There were no signs that he was sexually stimulated, she said.
"I did the autopsy myself. I saw the ligature. I saw the pictures of the cell. It was a suicide."
“During his month in state prison, officials say Castro was given more than one mental health evaluation and ‘indicated no current suicidal thoughts or past attempts to hurt himself.’ As a result, he was not placed on suicide watch,” reports CNN’s Pamela Brown.
“And the probe also found two prison guards allegedly failed to routinely check on Castro at staggered 30 minute intervals like they were supposed to and even created false logs to make it look like they did, including five false entries the day Castro died. They have been placed on administrative leave while authorities investigate.”