Former Denton man found dead in jail cell

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A former North Texas educator awaiting sentencing on child pornography counts has been found hanged in his jail cell.

Bowie County sheriff's Chief Deputy Larry Parker said Thursday that the death of 55-year-old Philip Baker is being investigated as an apparent suicide. Autopsy results were pending.

Baker's body was discovered Wednesday. Parker says it appears that Baker, who was in solitary confinement because of a medical condition, used an electric cord from his breathing machine to hang himself.

Baker, a Denton resident, was an assistant principal at the Keller school district's Fossil Hill Middle School in Keller when he was arrested in May 2010. Baker was indicted on federal charges of advertising and receiving child pornography, plus transportation of child porn. He pleaded guilty in January and faced up to 30 years in prison.


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