A corrections spokesman said that Deniro Bellamy was in a holding cell with other inmates when guards found him collapsed around 9 p.m. He said correctional officers attempted to perform CPR, and Bellamy was taken to the emergency room of Johns Hopkins Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
Bernice Mitchell, a 53-year-old woman, died at Central Booking in December 2016. Her family members complained that they were not told of her death until days after it happened, and that they were left in the dark about crucial details leading up to it.
Like Mitchell’s family members, Deniro Bellamy’s brother said he has been given little information about his brother’s death, and that officials provided inconsistent stories about what happened.
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After hearing about his brother’s death Wednesday night, Zeke Bellamy said he rushed to Johns Hopkins Hospital where he found staff were “very secretive” about what had happened to his brother. He said he was not permitted to see the body before it was taken to the medical examiner’s office.
“I pretty much begged them to let me see my brother,” said Bellamy.
Shields said it is typical to not allow family members to see the body of their loved one until after it has been inspected by the medical examiner.
A 53-year-old woman who died at the Central Booking and Intake Facility in downtown Baltimore earlier this month appeared heavily intoxicated and clearly in need of medical attention hours before she was found unresponsive in her cell, according to a fellow detainee who said she was processed at the same time and witnessed the events.
Zeke Bellamy said his brother had a mental disability and lived in a Randallstown group home called Emerge. He did not have a drivers license and had been driving illegally at the time of the traffic violation. Bellamy said he wants to know what happened in Central Booking, and most of all, he wants to just see his brother’s body.
“It’s horrible,” said Bellamy. “He’s all by himself. No family has been able to go down there and just give him a kiss or something.”