Hunger strike ends at Mississippi prison

By The Associated Press

PARCHMAN — Death row inmate Devin Bennett has ended his hunger strike at the state penitentiary at Parchman, according to corrections officials.

Department of Corrections spokeswoman Grace Fisher says Bennett ate breakfast Thursday morning. Fisher says in a news release that MDOC medical, psychiatric and security staff had been monitoring of Bennett during his hunger strike.

Bennett began his hunger strike around Aug. 3 to protest conditions on death row. He had claimed of unsanitary conditions at the Mississippi Delta prison.

Bennett, of Richland, was sentenced to death in 2003 in Rankin County for the death of his 10-week-old son, Brandon Bennett. An autopsy showed the child had injuries consistent with shaken baby syndrome.

Defense lawyers argued that Bennett accidentally kicked the child off a bed while he was asleep.