Harrison County

Child sex offender found hanging in his jail cell, Harrison County sheriff says

Jared Anthony Epperson
Jared Anthony Epperson

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.

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.

Justin Mitchell: 228-604-0705, @JustinMitchell_