A Harford County Detention Center inmate who hung himself earlier this month died at a Baltimore City hospital Saturday from injuries sustained in the suicide attempt, police said. He was the second person incarcerated at the facility to die in the last two months.
According to the Harford County Sheriff’s Office, Christopher Kelley, 21, of Street was found hanging from his cell in a direct supervision unit at approximately 11:30 p.m. on Jan. 14 according to sheriff’s office spokeswoman Monica Worrell. He was transported to Upper Chesapeake Medical Center before being transferred to R Adams Crowley Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore, where he died Saturday.
Kelley had been held at the detention center since Jan. 8 for violation of probation received on a charge of second-degree assault in February. He was officially released from sheriff’s custody by court order Jan. 17, Worrell said. He had been incarcerated twice before, from July 19 to Sept. 6 for the assault charge, and on Nov. 21 for a charge of burglary, on which he was released on $10,000 bail.
Despite not being “in custody” at the the time, he is the third inmate in the last three years to die from injuries or ailments sustained while incarcerated, and the second suicide in that time frame.
Kelley’s death came just less than two months after that of Michael R. Malpass, 26 at the time of his death and a North East resident, who was incarcerated at the facility following a string of local convenience store robberies. Malpass was found unresponsive in his cell late on Thanksgiving night, Nov. 24, by corrections officers. He was pronounced dead at Upper Chesapeake Medical Center shortly after midnight the next morning.
A spokeswoman for the state Office of the Chief Medical Examiner last week said an autopsy attributed his death to natural causes from complications from chronic drug abuse. While incarcerated at the Harford County Detention Center, Malpass had been on 15-minute medical watch due to issues with detoxing from the intravenous use of heroin.