A female corrections officer at the Scotts Bluff County Detention Center in western Nebraska died from strangulation, according to autopsy results released Monday.
Amanda Baker, 24, of Scottsbluff died “from asphyxiation by strangulation,” said Scotts Bluffs County Attorney Doug Warner. He plans to charge inmate Dylan Cardeilhac, 15, of Torrington, Wyo., with first-degree murder today.
Warner said Baker was checking on adult prisoners about 2 a.m. Friday when she entered Cardeilhac's cell. The teenager, who had been charged with robbery and use of a weapon to commit a felony, allegedly grabbed Baker from behind and strangled her with his arm.
Warner said jail policy is for at least two guards to be present whenever a cell is entered. Why Baker went into the cell alone is under investigation. On Sunday, Warner said Baker may have been “too trusting” of the young inmate.
“I have some ideas but I won't go into those until the trial,” he said.
Warner said Baker was declared brain dead Friday afternoon and kept on life support until her organs could be donated for transplant. Funeral services are pending at Dugan-Kramer Funeral Chapel in Scottsbluff.