By Associated Press - Sunday, February 16, 2014

SCOTTSBLUFF, Neb. (AP) - Authorities say a western Nebraska jail guard who was attacked by a 15-year-old inmate died Sunday, and charges are expected against the teen.

Scotts Bluff County Attorney Doug Warner said he plans to file a first-degree murder charge against the boy suspected of strangling 24-year-old Amanda Baker. She was attacked early Friday at the Scotts Bluff County Detention Center, and she died at Regional West Medical Center.

The teen suspect from Torrington, Wyo., has been held at the jail since December. He is charged with robbing a convenience store in Mitchell, Neb.

The Associated Press typically doesn’t name juveniles accused of crimes. He will likely be charged in Baker’s death Tuesday because courts are closed Monday for President’s Day.

The teen was being held in an individual cell in the juvenile detention center when the attack occurred. He was placed in an isolation cell after the attack, according to investigators.



Baker was kept on life support after doctors declared her brain dead Saturday, as her family worked out arrangements to donate her organs.

Baker had worked at the jail since June 2012, in both the adult and juvenile corrections facilities.

Baker had a son, and she had been attending classes at Western Nebraska Community College. Grief counselors were available at the college all weekend to help students and staff who knew her.

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