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Inmate being held in segregation found dead in Maryland women's prison

Inmate being held in segregation found dead in Maryland women's prison

A 29-year-old inmate being held in segregation at the Maryland Correctional Institution for Women in Jessup was found dead over the weekend after apparently committing suicide, officials confirmed.

Emily Butler, who was serving a 14-year sentence out of Somerset County, was found unresponsive in her cell about 11 a.m. Sunday, said Gerard Shields, a spokesman for the prison system.

An officer making rounds noticed the window of her cell was covered, which is not permitted. He called for Butler and heard no answer, and when officers entered, they found her unresponsive, Shields said. Butler was pronounced dead at the scene.

An autopsy has been completed, but Shields said...

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