CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — A convicted sex offender who had been awaiting trial on charges of molesting 13 infants and toddlers at his wife’s day care center died after an apparent suicide attempt on Friday morning.
John Burbine, 50, who had pleaded not guilty to the charges, was found by a guard inside his jail cell at the Middlesex County Jail in Cambridge around 8 a.m., officials said.
According to a statement released by the Middlesex County Sherrif’s Office, Burbine, of Wakefield, “was in need of medical attention” when the officer saw him in his cell. Officials said medical personnel immediately rendered life-saving procedures and brought him to Massachusetts General Hospital.
Officials said Burbine died Friday evening.
“As is standard with all detainee deaths, an internal investigation has commenced and this matter has been referred to (Massachusetts) State Police assigned to the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office,” Public Information Officer Kevin Maccioli said.
Prosecutors allege that between August 2010 and August 2012, Burbine molested children ranging from 8 days old to 3 1/2 years old at his wife’s unlicensed day care center.
Burbine had offered to be castrated in exchange for a lesser prison sentence, but prosecutors opposed the request.
Marian Burbine, his wife, is facing charges for allowing her husband to have access to the children.
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