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National Guard soldier assaulted by inmate while deployed at Cuyahoga County Jail

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Posted at 10:54 AM, Dec 23, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-23 10:54:30-05

CLEVELAND — An Ohio Army National Guard soldier who was deployed to the Cuyahoga County Corrections Center was assaulted by an inmate Tuesday, according to the Ohio National Guard.

The soldier was assaulted Tuesday morning and required treatment at a local hospital, the Ohio National Guard said. The soldier has since been released from the hospital.

Details regarding the assault were not provided.

The Ohio National Guard said that it will “continue to cooperate with local law enforcement’s investigation of the incident.”

According to the Ohio National Guard, there are about 50 members continuing to support the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction at the county facility as it faces staffing shortages due to COVID-19.

Last week, county leaders announced that the Ohio National Guard would begin working inside the jail as the union representing county corrections officers reported that 69 jailers were off work due to COVID-19.

"We've had an explosion countywide, statewide, nationally of COVID infections and the jail hasn't escaped," said Cuyahoga County Executive Armond Budish.

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