One of two detainees stabbed in cell dies

No sign of fight

detention center put on lockdown

October 07, 2006|By Gus G. Sentementes | Gus G. Sentementes,Sun reporter

Two detainees at the Baltimore City Detention Center were found stabbed yesterday in the same cell, and one died of his injuries, authorities said.

Correctional officiers found the men, covered in blood, about 9:30 a.m., said Karen V. Poe, a spokeswoman for the Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services.

The men were taken to Johns Hopkins Hospital, where one died at 10:10 a.m.

The other inmate was listed in critical condition, officials said.

Both men were 19 years old.

The man who died was awaiting trial on murder, assault and handgun charges.

The man who survived is charged with attempted murder, officials said.

Officials did not release their names yesterday because they were notifying their families.

There were no initial indications of a disturbance or fight before the men were found with their wounds, officials said.

The detention center was placed on lockdown, meaning that prisoners' movements and privileges are restricted, and their cells were being searched as the investigation continues, officials said.

The detention center, in the 400 block of E. Eager St., houses men and women who are awaiting trial or have been convicted and are serving short sentences.

It is adjacent to the Central Booking and Intake Center.

gus.sentementes @baltsun.com

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