Autopsy confirms strangulation caused death of corrections officer
Autopsy results on Amanda Baker show the 24 year old corrections officer died as the result of asphyxia by manual strangulation. Scotts Bluff County Attorney Doug Warner says Dr. Pete Schilke performed the autopsy Monday morning at Regional West Medical Center.
The County Attorney's office confirms that 15 year old Dylan Cardeilhac will be charged with first degree murder Tuesday. Warner says it is not known at this time when he will make his first appearance in Scotts Bluff County Court on the charge.
Cardeilhac has been separated from the rest of the population at the county's detention center following the alleged attack on Friday. Warner indicated Friday afternoon that the corrections officer was brain dead after the Torrington teen awaiting trial for the armed robbery of a Mitchell convenience store allegedly strangled her when she entered his cell around 2 a.m.
Warner clarified Cardeilhac was not in isolation when the incident occurred but simply in an individual cell in the juvenile section of the jail. Warner said procedures are in place and this is "not something that should have happened" when asked about the victim entering the cell on her own. But he emphasized this is about "holding him (Cardeilhac) accountable and not a matter of blaming her." section because of their age they are not treated any differently than the adults.
Warner said Baker had been employed at the corrections center since June 2012 and had a son.
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