Inmate dies after assault in Prichard jail

PRICHARD, Ala. (AP) - A south Alabama man has died of head injuries suffered in a beating at the Prichard City Jail.

The mother of 42-year-old Frank Travis McDevitt said her son passed away Sunday at the University of South Alabama Medical Center.

Marie-Reine McDevitt told the Register newspaper her son was mentally ill and should not have been incarcerated with other inmates.

Police said Frank McDevitt was assaulted Aug. 31 after he argued with another inmate over changing the TV channel.

29-year-old Lamont Wilson initially was charged with 2nd degree assault, but it was downgraded to a lesser offense.

Mobile County D.A. John Tyson declined to discuss the case and said his office has not yet launched an inquiry into McDevitt's death.

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