Annapolis Man Found Dead Inside Cell at Central Maryland Prison, State Officials Say

Detectives from the Intelligence and Investigative Division of the Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services are awaiting autopsy and post-mortem test results from the Medical Examiner related to the death of an inmate that occurred Tuesday morning at the Central Maryland Correctional Facility in Sykesville.

Officials say correctional officers found the unresponsive inmate in a dorm around 1 a.m.

Correctional staff immediately began life saving efforts, but the unresponsive inmate was pronounced deceased a short time later.

That inmate has been identified as Lionel Mcdaniel, 36, formerly of Newtowne Drive in Annapolis.  His remains were transported to the State Medical Examiners Office in Baltimore.  

By statute, Maryland State Police are the primary investigators in cases of unattended deaths in state correctional facilities. 

"This remains an open death investigation.  Autopsy results are pending, while awaiting additional tests," said Greg Shipley, a state police spokesperson. "Nothing is being ruled out at this time and all possibilities are being considered by investigators."