By NAN ET Editor
News Americas, NEW YORK, NY, Fri. June 30, 2017: The 37-year-old son of a famed Jamaican reggae icon remains in a coma some four months after he was attacked in a New Jersey jail.
Jawara McIntosh, son of the late great Jamaican-born reggae artist and founding member of The Wailers, Peter Tosh, has brain damage and remains unresponsive in a hospital in Boston, his family attorney Jasmine Rand was quoted as saying.
McIntosh was two months into serving a six-month sentence for marijuana possession in Bergen County Jail in New Jersey when he was attacked on Feb. 21st by another inmate – Kyrie Charon Baum, 40, of Fort Lee, in one of the jail’s general custody units.
Authorities have said the attack lasted less than 10 seconds and McIntosh was treated by medical personnel at the jail and then transported to Hackensack University Medical Center.
McIntosh’s family said the beating resulted in brain injuries that were so severe that the young singer has been comatose ever since. McIntosh has since been moved to a hospital in Massachusetts. McIntosh is from Boston.
Baum, who was being held in the jail on robbery and gun charges when he attacked McIntosh has also been slapped with charges of aggravated assault, according to the Bergen County Sheriff’s Office.
Attorney Rand said the family has filed a notice of intent to sue and wants the U.S. Department of Justice to investigate.