Teenage Inmate Hospitalized, Suspect Identified

CUMBERLAND, Md. (AP) — Maryland corrections officials say an inmate has been hospitalized after being found in his cell with head and facial injuries.

Corrections spokesman Mark Vernarelli says Jarod Pridget, 19, was found unresponsive in his cell around lunchtime on Monday at the Western Correctional Institution near Cumberland. Vernarelli says he was taken first to the Western Maryland Regional Medical Center and later to the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore.

Stephen Scott, Pridget’s brother, says he is in critical condition.

The corrections spokesman says a fellow inmate has been identified as a possible suspect.

The maximum security facility three miles southwest of Cumberland houses about 1,600 inmates.

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