Guard at city detention center on leave after attack

AROUND THE REGION

November 05, 2008|By Justin Fenton

A state corrections officer has been placed on leave after a group of inmates gained access to a segregation cell at the Baltimore City Detention Center, an incident that led to the stabbing of two inmates, according to officials and an attorney for one victim.

Officials disclosed yesterday that two inmates were stabbed about 1 a.m. Oct. 28 during an altercation at the Eager Street facility and suffered injuries that were not considered life-threatening. The incident occurred in the administrative segregation unit of the detention center and allegedly involved several other inmates.

Both have since been released from area hospitals.

In a news release, the Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services said one correctional officer from the detention center had been placed on administrative leave pending an investigation. The agency said it would not comment on current investigations or elaborate on the incident.

But Richard S. Miller, an attorney for one of the injured inmates, said his client believes the officer likely played a role in as many as 10 inmates gaining access to his cell, where he was stabbed more than 30 times all over his body. The victim's mother said her son, Davon Smith, 21, is in a gang.

Rick Binetti, a spokesman for the public safety department, said he could not confirm or deny the account but said the officer was being investigated for "dereliction of duty." The agency's internal investigative unit and Maryland State Police are working together on the investigation.

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