Deadly attack on Nebraska correctional officer raises questions - KOTA Territory News

Deadly attack on Nebraska correctional officer raises questions


Following a brutal and deadly attack on a corrections officer in Scotts Bluff County, NE, Dylan Cardeiilhac, 15, is facing murder charges.

Cardeiilhac managed to get the victim, Amanda Baker, 24, alone and strangle her Friday morning. After being pronounced brain dead Baker died Sunday night.

"Our thoughts and prayers definitely go out with Amanda Baker," said Chief Deputy for the Pennington County Sheriff's Office, Brian Mueller. "And her family and her friends, coworkers, and the community."

The attack raises questions regarding the procedures at jails, prisons, and detention centers.

Mueller says the track record should speak for itself; These kinds of attacks rarely happen. But Mueller says it's a danger that comes with the territory.

"Corrections is a dangerous job," said Mueller. "And those people put their life on the line everyday when they come to work."

Because of strict procedures, officers do not enter a detainee's quarters alone.

Correction Officer John Buhler describes the step-by-step process.

"We need to call for the door to let them know that we're un-securing the door and the reason why," said Buhler. "We also have two officers at a time, one this will protect us from any safety problems that might occur, and so there aren't different genders together. Once we back out of there, because there's no camera's in there, we have to radio that we re-secured the door."

Buhler says in more than eight years of being a corrections officer, he's never seen anything like what happened in Scotts Bluff County.

"About the most, if anything, there's been an officer or two get punched," said Buhler. "But otherwise that's been the most extreme of it."

Mueller says because the Juvenile Services Center in Pennington County is accredited, meaning they follow the American Correctional Standards, procedure reviews are done every year. But incidents like the one in Scotts Bluff County present opportunities to do more.

"We take that opportunity to review our policies and procedures and our practices," said Mueller. "To make sure that what we're doing is safe."

Cadeiilhac has been jailed since December on charges of armed robbery and use of a weapon to commit a felony.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled Friday. Cardiac faces life in prison if convicted.






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