UPDATE: Inmate Dies in Hospital Following Suicide Attempt

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Investigators believe inmate attempted suicide

UPDATE: BATON ROUGE, La. (Press Release) – (12/26/19) A Louisiana State Penitentiary inmate who attempted suicide at Angola Sunday by setting himself on fire died Christmas Eve in a Baton Rouge hospital.

62-year-old Joel Baker was in prison for multiple sex convictions out of Franklin Parish in 1989 including life for three counts of Aggravated Rape, three counts of Aggravated Oral Sexual Battery (10 years each), and one count of Sexual Battery (5 years).

Baker was found behind Main Prison Camp in critical condition from significant burns around 8 a.m. Sunday. Department of Corrections and West Feliciana Parish Sheriff’s Office investigators believe the inmate set himself on fire, as an attempt to commit suicide.

Quick actions by Louisiana State Penitentiary doctors and medical personnel allowed emergency crews to transport Baker to a Baton Rouge hospital for treatment.

All evidence indicates this was a suicide attempt, and there is no indication of foul play. The investigation continues, and no further details will be released at this time.


ORIGINAL STORY

BATON ROUGE, La. (KTAL/KMSS)– An investigation is underway after a Louisiana State Penitentiary inmate was found behind Main Prison Camp in critical condition from significant burns.

According to the release, it happen around 8 A.M. on December 22. Department of Corrections and West Feliciana Parish Sheriff’s Office investigators say they believe the inmate set himself on fire, as a suicide attempt.

Quick actions by Louisiana State Penitentiary doctors and medical personnel may have saved his life. The inmate was transported to a Baton Rouge hospital for treatment.

The Department of Public Saftey and Corrections says due to privacy concerns, they can not release the name of the inmate.

There is no indication of foul play, as all evidence points to a suicide attempt, but the investigation is still on-going.

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