Man dies from injuries while in Department of Correction custody, 14th this year

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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) — A detainee died Monday after he was found unresponsive in a holding cell while in Department of Correction custody — the 14th such death in city custody this year, the DOC confirmed.

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Anthony Scott, 58, was scheduled to be transferred to Rikers Island after not making bail — but died in a hospital Monday from injuries he sustained during his attempt to take his life in a holding cell last week, WNYC/Gothamist first reported, citing sources.

Scott was arraigned on an assault charge and ordered to pay $15,000 cash bail or $45,000 bond, according to the outlet.

Scott was technically released from DOC custody on Friday, after he was transported to a hospital due to the injuries he sustained while in his cell.

Scott’s death comes as Rikers Island remains in a chaotic state following coronavirus-related understaffing.

Mayor Bill de Blasio has outlined plans to increase safety in the troubled jail complex. Though elected officials who have toured the facility recently have described it as a “humanitarian crisis.”