Wakefield Child Sex Abuse Suspect Dies At Hospital

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The attorney for a Wakefield man charged with sexually abusing 13 children in a child care business said his client died after an apparent suicide attempt in jail.

Defense attorney William Barabino said Friday night that John Burbine apparently tried to hang himself in his cell, during a 20-minute period between his guards' regular checks Friday morning.

He said a guard found Burbine with no pulse at about 7:50 a.m., but he was revived by emergency medical workers. Barabino said efforts to stabilize Burbine continued for hours at the hospital. The attorney said Burbine died naturally at 6:26 p.m. without regaining consciousness.

Prosecutors allege that between August 2010 and August 2012, Burbine molested children ranging from 8 days to 3 1/2 years old.  He pleaded not guilty and was being held on $1 million bail.

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This article was originally published on March 07, 2014.