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Suspect in prison stabbing placed on administrative segregation

February 19, 2002

Suspect in prison stabbing placed on administrative segregation



A day after an inmate was stabbed in the neck at the Maryland Correctional Training Center, prison authorities said one suspect has been placed on administrative segregation.

"No weapon has been recovered yet but the investigation is still ongoing into Sunday's incident," said Lt. Priscilla Doggett, spokesman for the Maryland Division of Correction.

The 26-year-old victim, whose name has not been released, was taken from Washington County Hospital to the Maryland Correctional Institution hospital Monday afternoon to continue his recuperation.

MCI-H has a staffed hospital that serves all three institutions at the state prison complex south of Hagerstown.

Doggett said the prisoner, who is serving a five-year sentence for illegal drugs, was attacked Sunday afternoon with an undetermined type of weapon as he returned to his housing unit from the prison dining hall.

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The inmate was taken to Washington County Hospital by ambulance shortly after the 4:29 p.m. incident Sunday.

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

Contacting the inmate's family proved difficult because information in the inmate's file wasn't accurate, Doggett said.

The attack was discovered by correctional officers who saw the inmate come out of a line of prisoners and noticed blood on his neck.

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

Doggett said the other 391 inmates from the victim's housing unit were escorted back to their cells and locked down Sunday afternoon. That lockdown was lifted Monday at 4 p.m.

- Marlo Barnhart

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