LAS VEGAS (KSNV & MyNews3) -- News 3 is learning more about former Henderson City Councilwoman Kathleen Vermillion's suicide attempt.
Vermillion is back at home after spending several days at a local hospital.
She's been in the headlines a lot the past few weeks, at the center of two investigations.
Vermillion's family members tell News 3 she tried to take her own life. Vermillion's 15-year-old daughter found her mother and was the one to make the 9-1-1 call early Friday morning. City of Henderson Fire Department responded and paramedics rushed her to St. Rose Sienna. Vermillion made her own bizarre 9-1-1 call at the hospital at 9:03 p.m. Friday evening.
When the 9-1-1 dispatcher asked for Vermillion’s room number, she said she didn’t know. “They have me in protective custody. This is the first phone call they’ve let me make and I had to get supervisors permission to do it,” Vermillion says on the dispatch tape.
When the dispatcher asks if the reason she is being held in protective custody is because of her former council position, Vermillion responds, “I’m not at liberty to say that.”
News 3 has learned Vermillion, is suspected to have taken sedatives, and downed with large amounts of vodka. Sources close to the case say she went through detox for four days, but on that first night in the hospital she was compelled to ask Henderson police to check on her 15-year-old daughter.
According to the dispatch tape, Vermillion was suspicious of her 19-year-old son gaining custody of her daughter and breaking into her home.
“Why would your son need to get custody of your daughter?” the dispatcher asks. “I don’t know. But here's why I'm calling and I want an investigator to look into this,” says Vermillion.
“I am under the belief…I’m in the hospital…and I’m under the belief that my son has gone to my home…he does not have a house key to my home…” Vermillion is interrupted by the dispatcher. “Tell me what you want us to do? Do you want us to go to your home to make sure your son is not there?”
“I’m calling to do some...I don’t know what you want to do, but he's not supposed to be driving my car.” The dispatcher says she doesn’t understand and probes further. Henderson police did a status check that evening that turned up nothing.
Vermillion has been under enormous pressure. She's at the center of several investigations focused on her use of money at her former charity, the Nevada Partnership for Homeless Youth. She was recently fired as head of the organization.
Vermillion is also suing her ex-boyfriend, County Commissioner Steve Sisolak, claiming he violated her privacy by allegedly leaking results of her failed drug test - a charge he denies. Sisolak, in turn, claims she and her associates tried to extort almost four million dollars from him. Metro is investigating.