- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 3, 2015

GREENSBURG, Pa. (AP) - The warden of a western Pennsylvania county jail is seeking a court order to force-feed an inmate with a self-inflicted throat wound.

The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review (http://bit.ly/1G5AI9L ) reports Westmoreland County Prison Warden John Walton planned to ask a judge Wednesday to allow the jail to forcibly feed 23-year-old Jason Millward.

The Penn Hills man was jailed on identity theft charges May 21 and last week cut his own esophagus.

Millward’s public defender didn’t immediately return a call Wednesday, but jail officials say he refused treatment and intravenous nutrition at a hospital before he was returned to the jail this week. Jail officials say in court papers that Millward could die if he’s not forcibly fed soon.

Jail officials say Millward’s death could also demoralize the jail’s staff and cause inmates to lash out at guards.

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Information from: Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, http://pghtrib.com

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