Corrections Officer Stabbed Inside Prison Cell After Finding Syringe, Other Items

BESSEMER, AL (WKRG) — For the third time in three months, a corrections officer inside an Alabama prison has been stabbed by an inmate.

Shawn Baker
Shawn Baker

According to the Alabama Department of Corrections, the corrections officer was attacked by inmate Shawn Baker after a collection of contraband was discovered in Baker’s cell.  The corrections officer, whose name is not being released, suffered non-life threatening injuries to his head and hands and was treated at a local hospital.

The stabbing happened around midnight on Wednesday when the corrections officer found a syringe, homemade alcohol and other “unauthorized hobby craft items” inside Baker’s cell. When Baker was questioned, he assaulted the officer with a makeshift knife he was concealing, according to the news release.

Baker, 32, will be charged for attacking the officer.  Baker is serving life-without-parole for a 2007 attempted murder conviction out of Madison County.

This is the third stabbing incident against a corrections officer this year at a correctional facility in Alabama. Last month, a corrections officer suffered a stab wound above the right eye when attacked by inmate Robert Washington at Holman Prison.

In September, inmate Cleveland Cunningham attacked corrections officer Kenneth Bettis, 44, in the Holman Cafeteria. Bettis, a Monroeville resident, would succumb to head trauma and die about two weeks later.

No other officers or inmates were involved in the assault on Wednesday.   The facility was not placed on lockdown following the isolated incident. 

CORRECTION: A previous version of this story inaccurately stated that the stabbing occurred at Holman Correctional Facility.  The incident occurred at the William E. Donaldson Correctional Facility in Bessemer.  We apologize for the error. — WKRG Staff

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