An inmate at the Maryland Correctional Institution south of Hagerstown was taken to Meritus Medical Center on Wednesday night to be treated for puncture wounds he suffered earlier that day, a prison official said.
Mark Vernarelli, a spokesman for the Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services, said Thursday in an email that a correctional officer realized the inmate had been assaulted as he was walking to lunch.
"The inmate had some blood on his clothing and evidence of having been punctured several times," Vernarelli said. "Medical treated him on site (Wednesday) afternoon, but (Wednesday) night, one of his injuries apparently caused a complication, and they thought it best to send him out."
Vernarelli said officials didn’t have a suspect or motive.
He said the 31-year-old victim was serving 30 years for murder and a handgun charge from Anne Arundel County.
The matter remained under investigation.