Warden suspended over prisoner's scalding death

Published On: Jul 10 2014 02:05:34 PM EDT
FLORIDA CITY, Fla. -

The warden of a South Florida prison where an inmate was left in a scalding shower until he died in 2012 has been suspended.

Department of Corrections Secretary Michael Crews said Wednesday that Jerry Commings will be on paid administrative leave until the investigation concludes. He added that more sanctions could be forthcoming.

Crews made the announcement after a visit to Dade Correctional Institution, where Darren Rainey, a mentally ill prisoner was punished with a shower so hot that his skin separated from his body.

Commings' suspension is the first disciplinary action taken in this case by the DOC and comes after news reports found that Rainey's death was never properly investigated.

Civil rights groups have called for a federal investigation into the death.

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