GERING, Neb. (AP) - A 15-year-old inmate strangled a jail guard for more than 2½ minutes after he lured her into his cell, according to a Nebraska court document.
The boy is expected to be charged Tuesday in the slaying of Scotts Bluff County jail guard Amanda Baker, 24, who died Sunday after she’d been declared brain dead by doctors. The attack took place Friday.
The Associated Press typically doesn’t name juveniles accused of crimes. The boy is from Torrington, Wyo., and has been held at the jail since December, charged with robbing a convenience store in Mitchell, Neb.
An arrest affidavit filed by Scotts Bluff County sheriff’s investigator Matt Holcomb says security video shows the boy talked Baker into checking something on his cell floor. The affidavit says the boy pounced when Baker turned her back.
Baker fell to her stomach on the floor, with the boy atop her, his arms wrapped around her head and neck. Baker struggled for more than a minute and then apparently lost consciousness. The boy continued his hold on her for about 90 more seconds, until Baker went limp.
After the attack, the affidavit says, the boy took facility keys off Baker’s belt and left the cell. He opened and entered several other cells that housed other juvenile offenders.
Another jailer found Baker as he walked past a hallway leading to the cells and noticed several open cell doors. The affidavit says he found Baker unconscious but breathing. He found the boy in one of the other cells as he was locking them back up and radioed for medical help for Baker.
One corrections officer applied smelling salts, the affidavit says, and another administered CPR until ambulance personnel arrived.
Baker was taken to Regional West Medical Center in nearby Scottsbluff, where she was kept on life support until her organs were removed for transplanting.
Baker had worked at the jail since June 2012 in both the adult and juvenile facilities.
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