City police investigating the death of a City Jail inmate say they would not know the cause of death until they receive the results of an autopsy today.
Police said Samuel Haynes, 37, was found unconscious in his cell shortly before 2 p.m. yesterday and was taken to the jail infirmary for treatment. Haynes, whose last known address was in the 2600 block Quantico Ave., was serving six months on a rogue and vagabond conviction after being stopped with what police believed to be burglary tools.
Sgt. Gary Childs of the homicide squad said Haynes was taken by ambulance to the University of Maryland Medical Center, where he was being treated for possible head injuries, when he suddenly regained consciousness and told the jail security officer who accompanied him there that he had been beaten in a fight at the jail.
Childs said a police officer who was in the hospital emergency room overheard the inmate's comment and called the homicide squad.
A short time later, Childs said, Haynes lapsed back into unconsciousness and died shortly after 8:30 p.m.