TORONTO, ON – Ashley Smith’s mother, Coralee, says any answers she gives at the inquest into her daughter’s death will be honest and from the heart.
The mother of the Moncton teen is scheduled to testify today at the inquest in Toronto.
Coralee is expected to talk about what she knew about how her daughter was being treated in federal prison.
19-year-old Ashley died in 2007 at the Grand Valley Institution in Kitchener, Ontario after she tied a piece of cloth around her neck.
Guards were ordered not to intervene and watched it happen from outside her cell door.
Coralee has demanded to know how her daughter was treated in the final months of her life and why she was treated that way.
It’s hoped the findings of the inquest will bring about changes in the way people with mental-health issues are treated in Canadian prisons.