Detention Center death probed

February 26, 1992

Officials at the Baltimore City Detention Center today were investigating the death of an 18-year-old man who may have strangled himself in the institution's hospital ward.

Roderick Wade Jackson, of the 600 block of Fremont Ave. in West Baltimore, was found about 4 p.m. Monday in a bathroom in the hospital ward.

A rope made from a hospital gown was around his neck and attached to the bathroom door, said Barbara Cooper, a Detention Center spokeswoman.

Ms. Cooper could not say why Mr. Jackson was a patient there.

Ms. Cooper said Mr. Jackson had been an inmate at the center since Feb. 14. He was awaiting trial on charges of burglary, theft, malicious destruction and resisting arrest.

Medical staff attempted CPR after another inmate found Mr. Jackson, Ms. Cooper said. Mr. Jackson was taken by ambulance to Johns Hopkins Hospital, where he died a short time later.

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