Attempted suicide of wards of state being investigated

Tuesday, January 01, 2013

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KINGSTON, Jamaica – An alleged attempted suicide by three girls at the Horizon Adult Remand Centre in Kingston on the weekend is being investigated by the Correctional Services Department.

Commissioner of Corrections Lieutenant Colonel Sean Prendergast said that the girls remain hospitalised as doctors carry out tests to determine the cause of their illness.

The three wards of the state were hospitalised at the Kingston Public Hospital following a suspected overdose of anti-depressant tablets.

It is believed that the girls stocked up on prescribed anti-depressants instead of taking each pill as administered.

Just about a month ago 16-year-old Vanessa Wint, another ward of the state being held at the Horizon Adult Centre, committed suicide.

Calling for the removal of the Minister of Youth, Lisa Hanna, Opposition Spokesperson on Youth and Sports Olivia "Babsy" Grange said that the reports have brought into focus "the need for a purpose-built facility to house juveniles and the urgent necessity to immediately relocate the juveniles at Horizon to an appropriate facility."




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