Ottawa — An inmate facing rape and other sexual assault charges against two children was found dead after apparently hanging himself in his cell at the Franklin County jail, court records show.
Eddie Ray Brannan, 38, of Ottawa, was found at 11:55 a.m. Monday while detention officers were serving lunch, Franklin County Sheriff Craig Davis said. He said Brannan was alone in his cell.
Brannan was taken into custody Thursday by the Ottawa Police Department on suspicion of rape and indecent liberties with a child, Davis said.
Prosecutors charged him with four counts of rape and four counts of aggravated indecent liberties with a 6-year-old, and four counts of aggravated indecent liberties with a 4-year-old. The incidents are alleged to have happened between July 1, 2007, and Thursday, court documents filed Friday show.