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Man awaiting trial in Massachusetts dies in jail

June 28, 2019

BOSTON (AP) — Authorities say a man awaiting trial for allegedly carrying his ex-girlfriend into the path of a dump truck has died in jail.

Essex County Sheriff Kevin Coppinger tells The Salem News that 40-year-old Michael Baker, of Ipswich, was found dead in his cell at the Middleton Jail on Tuesday.

A spokeswoman for the Essex district attorney’s office says the death appears to be a suicide.

Baker was indicted this month on charges of attempted murder and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon.

The charges stem from an incident in Gloucester in April that started with an argument over custody of a 7-year-old girl and ended with Baker picking up the woman and carrying her into traffic. Both were hospitalized. Baker blamed mental health issues for his actions.

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Information from: The Salem (Mass.) News, http://www.salemnews.com

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