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Death at Perkins hospital is second homicide in a week

Maryland State Police have charged a patient at a state mental hospital with killing another patient, the second such homicide in a week.

Police say Andre Mayo killed Rogelio Mondragon on Thursday night at Clifton T. Perkins Hospital in Jessup.

Last week, police charged another patient with killing his roommate. And police filed charges in 2010 in what they said was another patient-on-patient death.

In the latest case, hospital staff found Mondragon on the floor of his room. He wasn’t responsive and couldn’t be resuscitated. Police say video shows Mayo going into the victim’s room twice during a time the victim was otherwise alone. Police say they also found evidence on the victim’s hands and face that indicated he may have been in a fight. Mayo is charged with murder.