Child sex abuse suspect dies at Boston hospital

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Associated Press

Posted on March 7, 2014 at 11:06 PM

Updated Saturday, Mar 8 at 3:03 AM

BOSTON (AP) — A suburban Boston man charged with sexually abusing 13 children through his wife's unlicensed child care business has died after an apparent suicide attempt in jail.

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

He says a guard found Burbine with no pulse but he was revived by emergency medical workers. He says efforts to stabilize Burbine continued for hours at a hospital. He says Burbine died Friday night without regaining consciousness.

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

Prosecutors don't believe his wife knew about the assaults.

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