A detainee died at the Baltimore Central Booking and Intake Center facility Thursday night — the third death reported at the facility this year.
Andre “Shawn” Fennell, 49, collapsed at 7:45 p.m., according to the Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services — about a half-hour after his daughter and a cousin said he placed calls to each of them.
Fennell was working on a loosely supervised cleaning facility sanitation crew in a corridor when he collapsed in front of several corrections officers, according to the department.
Facility staff assisted Fennell, conducting CPR and calling 911. Medics arrived and pronounced Fennell dead at 8 p.m., according to the department.
After hearing about his brother’s death, 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.
Zeke Bellamy said his brother had a mental disability and lived in a Randallstown group home called Emerge. He did not have a driver’s license and had been driving illegally at the time of the traffic violation.
The Baltimore jail system, including Central Booking, is operating under the terms of a 2015 settlement — the latest in a case that dates to 1973 — that required state officials to its overhaul health care services. The settlement followed Gov. Larry Hogan’s decision to close the Baltimore City Detention Center.
The American Civil Liberties Union, which brought the original case, referred questions about the latest death to the Public Justice Center. Public Justice referred the inquiry to an outside lawyer handling the settlement who could not be reached for comment.
Richardson said he grew up with Fennell in Baltimore and that he was a “decent, humble, well-mannered guy” who had a rough time growing up. Fennell had a few odd jobs in apartment maintenance, auto detailing and home renovation, and he was trying to get better work, his cousin said.
Shields said Fennell had been serving a 25-year sentence for attempted murder from 1991 until 2009, when he was released early to mandatory supervision after gaining good behavior credits.
Bernice Mitchell, a 53-year-old woman, died at Central Booking in December 2016. The medical examiner found she suffered from morphine and despropionyl fentanyl intoxication and ruled her death an accident.