Detention Center inmate found hanging in cell

March 28, 1994|By Holly Selby | Holly Selby,Sun Staff Writer

An inmate who had injured himself twice before was pronounced dead yesterday after he was found hanging in his cell at the Anne Arundel County Detention Center, according to county police.

Marvin Thomas Burkindine, 40, of Glen Burnie apparently hung himself from the bars of his cell door using a laundry bag cord. He was found unconscious by a detention center officer at 7:23 a.m., authorities said.

Mr. Burkindine of the 200 block of Woodhill Drive had been jailed since Dec. 17 on charges that included forging prescriptions for drugs, according to a police spokesman. His trial was scheduled for mid-April.

Detective Ron Hines, a county police spokesman, said the inmate had been separated from the general jail population and placed in a single cell because of behavioral problems.

Mr. Burkindine previously had thrown himself down a flight of stairs and put his hand through an infirmary window but was not under a suicide alert, the police spokesman said.

The inmate's family could not be reached for comment.

Mr. Burkindine was alive yesterday when a detention officer checked on him at 7 a.m. But at 7:23 a.m., when another detention officer came on duty and made his routine day-shift rounds, the inmate was found hanging, according to police.

Routine checks "would be a walk around the post to see if the inmates are where they are supposed to be," said detention center Superintendent Richard Baker. Detention center personnel and paramedics from the Anne Arundel County Fire Department attempted to revive Mr. Burkindine through cardiopulmonary resuscitation. He was declared dead at the Anne Arundel Medical Center in Annapolis.

The body was taken to the state medical examiner's office in Baltimore for an autopsy and an official determination of whether the inmate had committed suicide.

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