By Associated Press - Saturday, February 15, 2014

SCOTTSBLUFF, Neb. (AP) - A western Nebraska jail corrections officer has been declared brain dead after authorities say she was attacked and strangled by a teenage inmate.

The guard, 24-year-old Amanda Baker, was strangled at Scotts Bluff County Detention Center early Friday morning by a 15-year-old inmate, the Scotts Bluff County Attorney’s Office said in a written release.

The release said the attack on Baker was reported around 2 a.m. Friday.

Baker was taken to Regional West Medical Center in Scottsbluff, where she was later declared brain dead, according to the release.

It wasn’t known whether Baker remained on life support Saturday.

Scotts Bluff County Attorney Doug Warner could not be reached Saturday for comment.

The 15-year-old inmate, from Torrington, Wyo., has been arrested on suspicion of attempted first-degree murder and remains at the western Nebraska detention center where the attack occurred, officials said. He had been in the detention center since early December awaiting trial on a charge of robbing a Mitchell, Neb., convenience store, the county attorney’s release said.

The Associated Press typically doesn’t name juveniles accused of crimes.

Baker had worked at the detention center since June 30, 2012, in both the adult and juvenile corrections facilities at the detention center, the Scottsbluff Star-Herald reported. Warner told the newspaper that Baker has a young son.

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