Correctional officers at the Harrison County jail found an inmate hanging in cell Friday morning, according to a release from Sheriff Troy Peterson.
Jared Anthony Epperson was found at 11:52 a.m., about 30 minutes after lunch was served.
Peterson said Epperson was alone in his room when he was given lunch.
Officers on scene conducted CPR on Epperson and he regained a pulse, Peterson said, and he was taken to Garden Park Hospital by American Medical Response.
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Epperson was pronounced dead at 12:45 p.m. at the hospital.
Epperson was serving five years in prison at the Harrison County jail for a probation violation. He was arrested on July 27, 2017.
He was homeless at the time of his arrested.
Epperson was a child sex offender. He had been convicted of touching a child for lustful purposes and sexual battery in Harrison County in July 2009. He was also convicted of indecent behavior with a juvenile in Lafayette, Louisiana, in June 2008.
Sun Herald reporter Robin Fitzgerald contributed to this report.