- Associated Press - Monday, August 14, 2017

GULFPORT, Miss. (AP) - Mississippi authorities say a homeless man convicted in Mississippi and Louisiana of sexually abusing children has hanged himself in jail.

Coastal news media report that 28-year-old Jared Anthony Epperson was found hanging by bed sheets in his cell after being served lunch on Friday in the Harrison County jail.

A news release said guards performed CPR and brought back a pulse, but he died in a hospital.

The Sun Herald reports that Epperson had been convicted in 2008 of indecent behavior with a juvenile in Lafayette, Louisiana, and in 2009 of sexual battery and touching a child for lustful purposes in Harrison County.

He was arrested July 27 for violating state probation and was serving five years in the Harrison County jail on that charge.

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