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Convicted child molester beaten to death at correctional facility

2-16-2013 Indiana:

A convicted child molester is believed to have been beaten to death at the New Castle Correctional Facility.

Jeremiah Taylor was found at the bottom of a stairwell inside the prison Thursday. He was taken to an area hospital and then flown to Methodist Hospital, where he later succumbed to his injuries.

Taylor had been incarcerated at New Castle since July of 2012, and was serving eight years for a conviction on a Child Molest charge out of Noble County.

An investigation into his death is underway. ..Source.. by


Prison death investigated as homicide

The Friday death of a New Castle Correctional Facility inmate is being investigated as a homicide.

Jeremiah K. Taylor, 37, of Ligonier in northern Indiana, died Friday morning at Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis.

According to an Indiana State Police press release, Taylor was found unconscious at the bottom of a stairwell inside the prison about 11:05 p.m. Thursday.

He was taken by ambulance to Henry County Hospital, then flown by medical helicopter to Indianapolis.

Investigators believe the inmate’s injuries were “not the result of an accident, but were the result of Taylor having been battered shortly before being found in the stairwell,” the ISP release said.

Taylor had been held at the NCCF since July.

Last June, Noble Superior Court Judge Robert Kircsh sentenced Taylor to eight years in prison after he pleaded guilty to child molesting, a Class B felony carrying a standard 10-year sentence.

Taylor was charged with molesting a preschooler in 2009, but was apparently not apprehended until 2011.

The judge imposed a 20-year sentence with 12 years suspended. Taylor was scheduled to be released from prison in May 2018, according to state Department of Correction records.

In January, an inmate at the NCCF from Muncie, also a convicted child molester, died of what an autopsy determined to be natural causes.

His sudden death at age 44 prompted that man’s family to express concern that he had suffered a fate he feared, retribution for his crime at the hands of fellow inmates.

However, Mike Smith, public information officer at the NCCF, said at the time that while that man’s conviction might have prompted harassment at other prisons where he was housed, that stigma likely did not follow him to New Castle.

A large segment of the New Castle prison population consists of sex offenders, Smith said. ..Source.. by Douglas Walker

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