Teen's death in jail allegedly at hands of inmates

Emmanuel Earl Baines, 18, was pronounced dead at Oak Bend Hospital after being found unresponsive in his jail cell

February 19, 2010 9:22:22 AM PST
The Texas Rangers and Fort Bend District Attorney's office are investigating the death of an inmate last weekend inside the Fort Bend County Jail. Authorities say Emmanuel Baines, 18, died of blunt force trauma to the chest early on Valentine's Day. Investigators say he was assaulted by at least one other inmate and that the beating followed questioning by another inmate when Baines supposedly claimed to part of that inmate's gang.

When Baines failed to accurately answer key questions about that gang, the other inmate allegedly precribed punishment -- 21 blows to the chest. We're told by jail officials that the jailer on duty was then distracted by other inmates during the beating. Fort Bend's Chief Deputy Craig Brady also admits a large column at least partialy obstructed the jailer's view of the cell in which the attack took place.

Baines' family has not responded yet tor requests for comment. He's recently pleaded guilty to burglary of a building and though he had been sentenced to probation, authorities say he was back in custody at the time of his death for allegedly violating that probation.