TORONTO, ON – For a second day, the mother of Moncton teen Ashley Smith has testified at the Toronto coroner’s inquest into the death of her daughter.
Coralee Smith told the inquiry this morning she visited Ashley at a federal women’s prison in Truro, Nova Scotia in August, 2007.
She said it was the last time she saw her daughter alive.
“She had mentioned, she said ‘oh, mom, my skin is all loose. I asked them after the visit was over, if they were giving her drugs, or what was wrong with her, and they said ‘nothing’…..”
Ashley died exactly two months later, in her cell at a Kitchener women’s prison after strangling herself to death while guards looked on.
Coralee Smith says no one has been held accountable for her death and nothing has changed for inmates.
She says everyone in the system knew how desperate her daughter was, yet they did not help.