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Inmate stabbed, taken to hospital

August 17, 2003|by JULIE E. GREENE

julieg@herald-mail.com

An inmate at Maryland Correctional Training Center was taken to Washington County Hospital on Saturday morning after being stabbed in the back and neck, a Maryland Division of Correction spokeswoman said.

Capt. Priscilla Doggett would not release the male inmate's name or condition. She said he was alive as of 4:30 p.m. Saturday.

The Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services was investigating the stabbing at the prison on Roxbury Road south of Hagerstown, Doggett said.

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Doggett said the inmate was found in his cell shortly before 9 a.m. with multiple stab wounds and was taken to the prison's infirmary to be evaluated. Prison officials called 911 to have the inmate taken to the hospital for treatment, she said.

No prison employees were injured, Doggett said.

The inmate appeared to have been attacked by another inmate, Doggett said. He was not stabbed by a prison employee and the wounds were not self-inflicted.

At the time the inmate was found in his cell, the tier on which he resided had inmates moving around on it, she said. After he was found, the tier was locked down so correctional officers could conduct a thorough search.

Doggett would not say whether any weapons were found.

There are 2,971 inmates at MCTC, which is a medium/minimum security prison, Doggett said. The tier on which the inmate lived was a medium security section.

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