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16-year-old inmate found dead at MCTC

January 24, 2004|by MARLO BARNHART

A 16-year-old inmate at the Maryland Correctional Training Center was found dead in a pool of blood Friday morning in his cell by officers releasing prisoners from their housing unit to go to breakfast around 3:30 a.m., a prisons official said.

Armad Cloude was pronounced dead at the scene at 3:50 a.m. after he was examined by in-house medical personnel at the prison south of Hagerstown. He later was seen by a Washington County medical examiner, said Capt. Priscilla Doggett of the Maryland Division of Correction in Reisterstown, Md.

"Cloude's cellmate has been placed in segregation pending the results of an investigation into this death," Doggett said Friday morning. She added that no weapon was found in the cell the two men shared on MCTC's Housing Unit 5.

Cloude was serving a 12-year prison sentence out of Baltimore City for homicide and weapons violations, Doggett said. He began his sentence in May 2002, but it wasn't known if he had been at MCTC the whole time.

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Doggett said the officers who found Cloude in his cell called for assistance when they first found him on the floor. A pool of blood was in the area of his face and head, she said.

The investigation into Cloude's death will be conducted by investigators from the Maryland Department of Public Safety, as well as Maryland State Police Crime Lab personnel, Doggett said.

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