Man Accused in Children's Near-Drowning Beaten in Jail

By: AP
By: AP

A Canon City man accused in the near-drowning of three toddlers over the summer is hospitalized with a fractured skull and other injuries after being beaten in the Fremont County Jail, allegedly, by a white supremacist.

Sheriff's officials say 35-year-old Richard Steven Valdez also suffered broken eye sockets and nasal injuries in the beating that occurred Tuesday.

He had been scheduled to attend a court hearing Wednesday, but was hospitalized instead.

Twenty-eight-year-old Jack Swearingen is a reported member of the so-called "Two-Eleven" crew, a Colorado prison gang of white supremacists.

Swearingen and two other Department of Corrections inmates are suspected of attacking Valdez.

He was arrested after three children nearly drowned in a swimming pool in May as he took a shower with the mother of one child.


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