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Inmate seriously hurt at youth correctional facility in New Jersey

CLINTON TWP., N.J. - An inmate was seriously injured at a youth correctional center in New Jersey, officials said Wednesday.

The inmate suffered severe trauma at the Mountainview Youth Correctional Facility in Annandale, Clinton Twp., Hunterdon Co. on Tuesday, said officials, who added that the victim was flown to the Morristown Trauma Center. He was last reported to be in very serious condition.

The victim was found in a dorm where a number of inmates live, and officials said his injuries are consistent with a possible assault.

"This kind of incident is rare," said Gary M. Lanigan, commissioner of the N.J. Department of Corrections. "Our department's Special Investigations Division has an excellent working relationship with the Office of the Hunterdon County Prosecutor, and we're confident that the cause of the inmate's injuries will be identified. If it is determined that the injuries came about as the result of a crime, those responsible will be held accountable."

The investigation continues.

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