Scotts Bluff County District Attorney Douglas Warner has announced that County Corrections Officer Amanda Baker, 24, died early Friday morning.  Dylan Cardeilhac, a 15 year old inmate, strangled her at about 2:00 a.m. while she was in his cell.

At 3:20 p.m. the same day, she was officially declared brain dead and the Scotts Bluff County Sheriff Department was notified of her downgraded condition.  Officer Baker was kept on life support until her organs could be donated for transplant.

Specific details of why the attack occurred are unclear at this time, but preliminary evidence shows that Baker was strangled from behind.  Autopsy results are still pending.

Why Baker was in his cell is also unknown.  Fellow corrections officers stated that she was new to the job and, perhaps, too trusting.  She was employed with the Scotts Bluff Corrections Center since June 30, 2012. 

Following the attack, Corrections Officer Baker was transported to the Regional West Medical Center where she was listed in serious condition. 

Cardeilhac has been jailed since December on a third armed robbery at the Kwik Stop Convenience Store in Mitchell, Nebraska.  He was also charged with the use of a firearm in the commission of a felony. 

His arrest came following an investigation and his subsequent bragging of his crime on Facebook.  He was charged as an adult in the armed robbery case.  He will now be charged with first degree murder. 

Warner stated that the Nebraska State Patrol and Scotts Bluff County Sheriff Department are continuing their investigation into the death of Officer Baker.

She is survived by her parents and a young son. 

Corrections Officer Amanda Baker, gone, but never forgotten.  EOW: Friday, February 14, 2014

“Graphic created by Fellow Officer Rose Borisow GraFX”

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