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Suspect in Cortland child rape dies in prison

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ELKTON, Maryland - An elderly man awaiting transfer to Trumbull County for prosecution in a child rape case has died in a Maryland jail.

Officials with the Cecil County Detention Center tell 21 News that 81 year old Howard Garfield suffered cardiac arrest in the lockup on Sunday afternoon, and later died.

Lt. Mike Holmes of the Cecil County Sheriff's office says there are no immediate signs of foul play in Garfield's death, but an autopsy will be conducted by the Medical Examiner to confirm the cause of death.

Cortland police issued a warrant for Garfield last week for the alleged rape of an 11 year old girl.

Garfield was arrested by Maryland authorities and had waived extradition proceedings.

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