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Inmate from Ligonier dies in prison beating

A state prison inmate from Ligonier died Friday, one day after being found beaten at the bottom of a stairwell inside New Castle Correctional Facility, Indiana State Police said.

State police at Pendleton said Jeremiah K. Taylor, 37, died at Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis, where he had been flown from Henry County Hospital in New Castle.

Police said investigators were sent to the prison Thursday night because an inmate had been found unconscious. Taylor was found about 11:05 p.m., police said.

Although it’s early in the investigation, investigators believe the injuries were not the result of an accident but were the result of Taylor having been battered shortly before being found in the stairwell.

Taylor had been at the prison since July 2012 and was serving eight years on a child-molesting conviction from Noble County, police said.

The prison is run by GEO, a private company contracted by the Indiana Department of Correction.