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Teenage Inmate Dies After Prison Assault

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CUMBERLAND, Md. (WJZ/AP) — Officials at the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center say an inmate has died after being found in his cell with head and facial injuries.

Corrections spokesman Mark Vernarelli says Jerod 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 Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore.

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.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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