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MCTC inmate is taken to hospital following stabbing incident

February 18, 2002

MCTC inmate is taken to hospital following stabbing incident



A 26-year-old inmate at the Maryland Correctional Training Center south of Hagerstown was stabbed in the neck Sunday afternoon with an unknown weapon as he returned to his housing unit from the prison dining hall.

The inmate was taken to Washington County Hospital by ambulance shortly after the 4:29 p.m. incident, said Lt. Priscilla Doggett, spokesman for the Maryland Division of Correction.

Doggett said the inmate was admitted and underwent treatment for his injuries. His condition was unavailable Sunday night.

His name is being withheld pending notification of his family, Doggett said.

The wound, which was just under the inmate's right ear, was approximately five inches long and one inch deep, Doggett said.

"He came out of a line of prisoners and headed toward the correctional officers," Doggett said. "It was then they noticed blood on his neck."

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First aid was administered and 911 was called, resulting in an ambulance from Boonsboro Ambulance Company responding to the scene.

Doggett said while there were no suspects immediately identified in connection with the attack, the other inmates from the victim's housing unit were escorted back to their cells and locked down.

A lockdown means inmates are confined to their cells until a search is done to find a weapon. In addition, investigators will be trying to learn what happened in the incident.

- Marlo Barnhart

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