A convicted sex offender from Wakefield who had been accused of molesting 13 infants and toddlers died Friday night of injuries he suffered during a suicide attempt earlier in the day at the Middlesex County Jail in Cambridge.
John Burbine, who had been held without bail since 2012, died at Massachusetts General Hospital about 10 hours after he was found hanging by a sheet in his cell, his lawyer said.
Burbine, 50, had no pulse when corrections officers cut him down about 8 a.m. during a scheduled check every half-hour, said his lawyer, William Barabino. Burbine briefly regained a pulse after being treated at the jail, but lost it intermittently during hours of frantic efforts to keep him alive in the intensive care unit at the hospital, said Barabino, who was with Burbine when he died at 6:26 p.m.
Burbine’s wife, Marian, who also is charged in the case, was released from house arrest to visit her husband and was present when he died. Burbine never regained consciousness, Barabino said.
Burbine, who was convicted of indecent assault against a child in 1989, is accused of raping and sexually abusing 13 children while his wife ran Waterfall Education Center, an unlicensed child-care business in Wakefield. Most of the assaults, which allegedly occurred from 2010 to 2012 and included one on an 8-day-old, took place in the victims’ homes, authorities said.
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