A homeless veteran reportedly “baked to death” inside a jail cell on Rikers Island. Jerome Murdough’s death was attributed to faulty equipment, which heated his cell above 100 degrees. The 56-year-old man’s family said he suffered from mental illness, which often caused psychotic episodes and seizures.
Although the official medical examination was inconclusive, officials admit the man “basically baked to death.” Speaking under the condition of anonymity, the officials said Murdough’s medication could have made him more sensitive to excessive heat.
As reported by Associated Press, witnesses said the man appeared to have died from “extreme dehydration or heat stroke.” Although a small vent located inside the cell was designed to provide cooler air, it was found in the closed position. It appears that the inmate was not aware of or did not know how to operate the vent.
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