Fatally Scalded Inmate Was Kept in Cell with Broken Heater
By DAVID DISHNEAU Associated Press
Investigative records show that a Maryland state prison inmate under observation for behavioral problems was kept in his cell for hours as he destroyed a radiator and was scalded to death.
The records obtained Tuesday by The Associated Press show that prison managers removed a damaged radiator cover from 35-year-old Louis Leysath's cell more than eight hours before he also broke a steam pipe and was fatally burned.
A corrections lieutenant told investigators he thought it was safe for Leysath to stay in the cell at the maximum-security Jessup Correctional Institution near Baltimore.
Three correctional officers were placed on administrative leave during the investigation of the Feb. 20 incident. Prison officials haven't said whether they were disciplined.
Leysath's family has filed a wrongful death claim against the state.