Teen inmate tries to hang himself


A 16-year-old boy was in critical condition last night after he tried to strangle himself in his cell at the Baltimore City Detention Center on Monday.

A correctional officer found the inmate hanging from the bars of his cell, his neck tied to the bars by a scarf, about 2: 45 p.m., said Barbara Cooper, a spokeswoman for the detention center.

The inmate was in critical condition at Maryland Shock Trauma Center, a hospital spokeswoman said.

On May 6, he was charged as an adult with assault, second-degree rape and a third-degree sex offense, and had been held in lieu of $20,000 bail since May 7, said LaMont W. Flanagan, commissioner of Pretrial Detention and Services for the Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services. The inmate's trial is scheduled for June 6.

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