Ohio Prison staff member was allegedly assaulted by an inmate; suffered serious injuries

TOLEDO - A staff member at a northwest Ohio prison is being treated for serious injuries after an inmate allegedly assaulted her.

A State Highway Patrol spokeswoman says the worker's injuries are not believed to be life threatening.  Lt. Anne Ralston says the inmate has been transferred from the Toledo Correctional Institution to another facility. The patrol is investigating, and no charges have been filed.

Officials were not prepared to release the name of the inmate or victim. A recent report showed that violence at the Toledo prison soared after the facility started doubling up prisoners in the same cell to deal with overcrowding beginning in 2011. 

Last month, it stopped accepting some new prisoners. The prisons department has said violent incidents were down this year. The facility has about 1,300 prisoners.

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