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Inmate dies at Carroll County Detention Center after complaining of ‘stomach discomfort,’ warden says

A Delaware man who was incarcerated at the Carroll County Detention Center died late Wednesday night, police say.

Police say Nicholaus A. Cirillo, 37, of Delaware was seen lying on the floor of his cell about 10:57 p.m. According to a news release from the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office, emergency medical responders and deputies were dispatched a few minutes after 11 p.m. Wednesday for a report of an inmate in medical distress.


Correctional deputies responded “and were on scene with Mr. Cirillo when he became unresponsive,” according to the release. They performed CPR until personnel from the Westminster Volunteer Fire Department arrived about 11:12 p.m. and took over lifesaving efforts until 11:41 p.m., when Cirillo was declared deceased.

Cirillo complained of “stomach discomfort” when he was admitted to the detention center earlier that day, according to George Hardinger, warden of the detention center. Medical staff examined Cirillo, but he was not taken to the hospital, the warden said. Hardinger said Cirillo would have been transported for further treatment if medical staff thought it was necessary.


After complaining of physical discomfort, Cirillo was put on “watch,” meaning correctional officers were assigned to check on him at least every 15 minutes, which did occur, according to Hardinger.

There is no indication of foul play, Hardinger said, and if there were, then Maryland State Police would be invited to take over the investigation. Initial investigation did not reveal any drugs or suspicious substances on Cirillo’s person after he was found unresponsive, Hardinger said.

The detention center is conducting an investigation at the administrative level, in addition to the investigation by the Sheriff’s Office, according to Hardinger.

“We take nothing for granted,” he said. “We do not leave a stone unturned.”

No other inmates were being held with Cirillo in his cell at the time of the medical emergency, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

According to electronic court records, Cirillo was taken to the detention center Wednesday on a bench warrant for failure to appear in court on two misdemeanor drug charges in the District Court for Worcester County in Ocean City.

The cause of death remains under investigation. The Medical Examiner’s Office in Baltimore will investigate the cause and manner of death. Sheriff’s Office Forensic Services technicians and detectives responded to the detention center to investigate, according to the release.