Area inmate accused of 'shanking' cellmate identified

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HILLSBORO, Texas (KWTX) A Hill County Jail inmate is recovering after being stabbed by another inmate.

Delance Daniels (above) was stabbed by a fellow inmate at the Hill County Jail Tuesday. (Jail photo)

Delance Daniels, 35, was stabbed in the lower back with some sort of modified, metal object by one of his cellmates before 4 p.m. Tuesday, authorities confirm.

Hill County Sheriff's officials say guards broke it up quickly without having to use any weapons.

"They were able to get the aggressor inmate away from the victim and were able to render aid to the victim," said Chief Deputy Scott Robinson.

Daniels was taken to the hospital and treated for the single puncture wound, which was not life-threatening, and was released back to the jail the same night, Robinson said.

The 'aggressor inmate' has been identified as Christian Drew Segerson, 24.

According to jail records, Segerson has been charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and deadly weapon in a penal institution.

HCSO officials said Segerson had been housed in the felon-designated cell pod "for a while," but he's now being house in segregation.

While the attack was seemingly unprovoked, officials said the two inmates had a verbal altercation turn physical several months ago which they were punished for.

Daniels' mother said the two should have been separated earlier.

"This had to go this far, this could have been avoided if they had just moved that person," said Freddie May Walker.

Walker says she goes to visit her son twice a week and was distraught when she learned he'd been stabbed.

"This has been on-going, I asked them to remove this person when the first fight went on because he (her son) is being targeted."

Authorities say the "utensil" used to stab Daniels has been recovered.

"It was something modified as a puncturing type of weapon," said Robinson. "We are working towards identifying how the suspect inmate came into possession of it."

In the effort of transparency, Robinson said, they've called upon the Texas Rangers to investigate the situation.

"Any deficiencies we might find as a result of this investigation, we will remedy that," said Robinson.