An alleged child killer awaiting trial in a death penalty case allegedly attacked a detention officer at the Mohave County jail in Kingman Tuesday. Mohave County Sheriff’s office spokeswoman said the officer decided to conduct an inspection after spotting a shirt hanging from a vent in Justin Rector’s jail cell.

Carter said the 29-year-old defendant from Bullhead City became aggressive and exchanged punches during a struggle with the officer. She said neither party was injured and that Rector will be charged with aggravated assault upon a detention officer.

Rector has been jailed for nearly three years, awaiting trial for the murder of his former girlfriend’s eight year-old daughter Bella Grogan Canella.