BRIDGETON — Three Cumberland County corrections officers have been charged in two separate incidents that led to the suicide of inmates at the county jail, the county Prosecutor’s Office announced Thursday.
Tabatha Roman, 31, of Vineland, is charged with endangering another person after she allegedly failed to check on an inmate, who was identified only as M.M. The state medical examiner determined the inmate died by suicide Feb. 20, Prosecutor Jennifer Webb-McRae said.
In a separate incident, Justin Cimino, 40, of Vineland, and Nicholas Gomez, 27, of Millville, are charged with tampering with public records and endangering another person.
Cimino and Gomez made false entries in “Close Watch Forms” maintained by the Cumberland County Department of Corrections and engaged in conduct that created a substantial risk of death to an inmate identified as D.C., according to the charges. The state medical examiner determined the inmate died by suicide May 27.
While the Prosecutor’s Office did not directly identify the inmates, the suicides correspond with two previous jail suicides reported by The Press of Atlantic City.
Megan Moore, a 21-year-old woman from Millville, was found hanged in her cell Feb. 20. David Conroy, 32, of Elmer, was on suicide watch when he killed himself in May, according to reports. Both victims were identified by authorities in previous statements.
The deaths were part of a series of suicides at the jail in the past three years. The suicides, six total in 34 months, led to a lawsuit that accused the jail of having a “woefully deficient system” in dealing with inmates.
An attorney representing Cimino and Roman says the charges have no merit. The union representing the officers says it stands by them and asked for patience until the facts come out.
All three have been suspended without pay.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.