In an extremely inhumane form of discipline, prison guards locked a man in a small and narrow shower stall with the water on as hot as it could go for an hour. Nearly an hour later, the man eventually died after being boiled alive as his pleas for help went unanswered.
Darren Rainey, 50, was a mentally ill patient housed at the Dade Correctional Institution where he had reportedly defecated in his stall and refused to clean it up. As a result, corrections officers reportedly physically forced Rainey into a stall where they had the water running on scalding hot.
They locked the door and left him in there for a half hour where the only witness was an inmate/orderly and convicted burglar named Harold Hempstead. The orderly reports that Rainey, whilst in the boiling shower, screamed, “I can’t take it no more, I’m sorry. I won’t do it again,” but his cries went unanswered.
When guards finally managed to circle back around and check on the tortured inmate, they found him dead on his back with the scalding water still pounding down on him. Surely having died in excruciating pain, medical reports note that Rainey had been under the boiling water for so long, he suffered from slippage – a condition where the skin is burnt so badly that it shrivels up and separates from the body.
The incident occurred back on June 23, 2012 and an autopsy is yet to be completed on Rainey’s remains and where no guards have been punished for the incident either. An unidentified source explains that the prison even went so far to cover up the occurrence that, “They told people that he had a heart attack.”
The mental unit within the hospital has a long list of several abuses sustained by inmates by guards as well. Ranging from sexual abuse to the withholding of food, Hempstead has submitted a series of complaints that all seem to be quickly returned, “without action,” or saying the matter had been dealt with.
For more information into Rainey’s death and the long list of misconduct surrounding the Dade Correctional Institution, feel free to read this article here.
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