Palm Beach jail deputy faces charges after inmate fight

— A Palm Beach county jail deputy faces charges after authorities say he encouraged fighting between two high-risk inmates.

Derrick Antonio Daniels was arrested Wednesday and charged with tampering with evidence, culpable negligence, aggravated battery and three counts of official misconduct. He was being held on $17,000 bail.

According to a report, the 38-year-old jail guard put two inmates, one of whom had been threatening to kill the other, in the same cell on Dec. 12 so they could fight. One inmate stabbed the other with a pencil and cut him with a razor.

Daniels didn't report the fight, but another jail guard saw the inmate's wounds the next day and reported the incident.

Daniels has been placed on paid leave. He has been a deputy since 1994.

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