Jail Cameras Malfunction As Inmates Beat Man Accused Of Beating Toddler To Death

Williamson County officials are working to overhaul the jail's faulty surveillance system.

Marion, IL – A jail inmate accused of beating his 3-month-old son to death was pummeled by a group of inmates inside the facility, but the attack was not captured by the facility’s security cameras because the cameras malfunctioned during the attack.

“We have had trouble over the past couple of months with the surveillance system,” Williamson County Sheriff’s Department Chief Deputy Scott McCabe told WSIL. “We have been working on the issue.”

“They are currently working at this time,” he added.

The cameras were not working in November, when a group of inmates beat 25-year-old Devin O’Daniell to the point that he needed to be hospitalized.

O’Daniell has since been returned to the Williamson County Jail, where he is being held on $1 million bond in connection with the Nov. 26 murder of his infant son, The Southern Illinoisan reported.

He faces initial charges of aggravated battery to a child, aggravated domestic battery, and domestic battery.

Deputy McCabe said he could not provide more information about the assault on O’Daniell due to the ongoing investigation, according to WSIL.

He said that the facility’s surveillance system, which was installed in 2012, is worn out and failing, leaving the county open to liabilities.

The sheriff’s department has asked county officials for funds to overhaul the system, and the county is currently accepting bids, Williamson County Commissioner Ron Ellis told WSIL.

They have received one bid, and are required to get at least two more before the commissioners can award a contract, Ellis explained.

“The people who are in the jail are potentially in harm’s way, and the guards are in harm’s way,” he said.

"Hopefully within the next few days, 10 days, something like that, before Christmas, we can [get] everything secured where it's at least in the process of being fixed," Ellis added.

Comments (31)
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Beebop42
Beebop42

Too bad he didn't end up like the baby!

Nielkyleevankate
Nielkyleevankate

Too bad he was hospitalized. A shame he wasn't taken to the morgue like his innocent baby

ProGODProUSA
ProGODProUSA

Inmate-style justice.

SICKOFITALL
SICKOFITALL

BASTARD GOT JUST WHAT HE DESERVED TOO BAD THEY WERE NOT ABLE TO FINISH THE DAMN JOB.

SCMarler
SCMarler

Sounds like they are working just fine if you ask me.

svirgilio
svirgilio

Noooo, don't fix those cameras! They did their job. :)

Armyvet89
Armyvet89

That's the how we do in Illinois. Not like other pansy states that would let him live

TxComanche
TxComanche

Give me a minute to work up a tear and find my righteous indignation over the clear and brutal violation of his dignity and human rights. What? He beat his baby to death? Well that’s different. Where’s the plug to that surveillance system?

Groovybeane
Groovybeane

I believe anyone who harms a child or elder, or rapes someone should be put in to the general population. Let the prisoners exact justice. In the long run, it will save the government money.

TheDude
TheDude

Should have killed him. Why do we let scum like this continue to live?

Scott d
Scott d

thats a shame that the cameras were malfunctioning as we all would have liked to have watched real Justice be served.

BlueLM101
BlueLM101

I guess we will never know if he was beaten severely or just fell down a whole bunch of times. Damn!...

MiguelDominguez
MiguelDominguez

Headlines and Chief Deputy's statements are deliciously sarcastic. Bravo! I wonder who was smiling more, the reporter, the Chief Deputy, the inmates in the background or the IT guy pretending to be hard at work with the wiring. Well, sir, we would understand it if fixing that problem takes time due to its complexity, and if in the meantime the cameras malfunction again while another piece of shit child abuser gets what's coming to him, that's too bad. So unfortunate. Technology, man, you know how it is.

K9ndn
K9ndn

Whoops. Technical difficulties SOWEEE! Jail Justice at it finest .

LordSeamus
LordSeamus

Well...... I guess this is a good example of "justice served" I'm a firm believer in letting child molesters or child killers being left out in the general population.

THEDUKE
THEDUKE

You should never play a game with Karma......Karma knows the rules better than you do.

Gramercy
Gramercy

An eye for an eye.....and especially for an infant's eye who could not defend himself!

D.W.B.
D.W.B.

Even prisoners have kids.

Mrs581R
Mrs581R

And I am sure no one saw what happened......love it when the inmates take out the trash.

Shastabeau
Shastabeau

I hope this will be a daily reminder!

AllyCJ
AllyCJ

As someone who at first read thought "Good! He got what he deserved!" I had to take a step back and look at this again. In this article it states that he is ACCUSED of this charge meaning he has not been found guilty and no evidence was brought forth that proved he commit this crime. Another thing is, he is placed in county jail which means he has not even been to trial for this nor has he entered a plea. So therefore...what was done to this inmate does not serve justice. This is a sad situation but justice is not fully served unless he is proven guilty and sentenced for this crime. For all you know, he is not guilty and got an undeserved beating.

Old Hawg
Old Hawg

Ummmm! Hey, it's karma. And the cameras just so happened to break down at the most opportune time. I don't have a problem with that they'll get fixed. People in prison take care of the lowest of lows in our own fashion.

Debombchef$
Debombchef$

Great.. finish it next time