An inmate was flown to a area hospital after he was assaulted at the State Correctional Institution (SCI)-Mahanoy, in Mahanoy Township, Schuylkill County.

State police at Frackville said Edward Martin, 47, was struck in the face by inmate Ryan Menkins, 26, about 3:20 p.m. on Wednesday, March 28. Martin fell backwards and struck his head on the ground.

He was flown by Lifeflight helicopter to the Geisinger Medical Center, Danville, and admitted to the Intensive Care Unit, troopers said.

Charges against Menkins are pending completion of the investigation, troopers added.