Family Of Teen Who Hung Herself In jail Cell Sues Manitoba CFS

The family of 'Gracie' Daniels is suing the province of Manitoba and Child and Family Services after the 16-year-old, who was in the care of CFS at the time, hung herself at the Brandon Correctional Centre in 2013. (Winnipeg Police Service )

The family of ‘Gracie’ Daniels is suing the province of Manitoba and Child and Family Services after the 16-year-old, who was in the care of CFS at the time, hung herself at the Brandon Correctional Centre in 2013. (Winnipeg Police Service )

CBC News Posted: Oct 07, 2015

‘Gracie’ Daniels, 16, was in CFS care when she died in correctional centre Oct. 2, 2013

The family of a troubled girl who was under the care of Child and Family Services when she hanged herself from a ceiling vent at the Brandon Correctional Centre is suing the province and Dakota Ojibway CFS.

Roberta Grace Daniels, who was Gracie to her family, was 16 when she died Oct. 2, 2013.

An inquest in her death, mandated when a person in custody dies, was ordered in August 2014.

The order says the girl had a history of attempting to commit suicide. It’s not clear why she was in care.

The family’s lawsuit says the teen went missing at least three times before ending up at the Brandon Correctional Centre.

She was missing for 24 days but was not reported missing until Jan. 4, 2012. She was found later that day.

Gracie went missing again June 12, and this time police were notified. She was not found until more than a month later.

The lawsuit says Grace was living at a “premises or agency where as a ward, she was lawfully placed.”

But in the fall of 2013, while she was in CFS care, she went missing again. The lawsuit says no missing persons report was filed.

Inmate yelled to guards to stop hanging

Documents say she was taken into custody and put in a cell at Brandon Correctional Centre, instead of being returned to the provincial facility where she’d been ordered to live.

It says guards did not place the 16-year-old under suicide watch, “despite her history as a runaway teen and at-risk youth and a person whom they knew or ought to have known was at risk for suicide.”

She was found hanging in her cell Sept. 28 and taken to hospital, but due to brain damage and her “grim prognosis” treatment was discontinued.

Gracie died a few days later.

In chilling detail, the family’s lawsuit faults guards for failing to prevent her death.

“At the time Grace committed suicide, a fellow inmate, who was supposedly on suicide watch and from a different cell, observed [Grace’s] attempted suicide and repeatedly yelled for the guards to intervene but no one came to prevent the suicide,” it says.

“Grace was a kind and loving daughter, sister and granddaughter,” the lawsuit says.

The family is suing for general damages and loss of “guidance, love and companionship.”

‘We have more work to do’

Manitoba’s Family Services minister Kerri Irvin-Ross said she was limited in what she could say since the matter is before the courts.

“First response is, my heart goes out to the family and the tragedy and the loss of life for this young woman, this young child. It is a tragedy,” she said Tuesday.

Irvin-Ross said a review is underway.

She said that in spite of front-line workers trying to provide supports for families and prevent tragedies, many of the children in care have “extreme complex needs [that] require best specialized services.”

“We have more work to do,” she admitted.

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/manitoba/family-of-teen-who-hanged-herself-in-jail-cell-sues-manitoba-child-and-family-services-1.3259310

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3 thoughts on “Family Of Teen Who Hung Herself In jail Cell Sues Manitoba CFS

  1. Casey Jackson

    Kerri Irvin-Ross, “We have more work to do.” i.e. Filling my closet with designer clothing & eating out at every high-end restaurant I can saddle on up to!
    I honestly don’t know how this woman sleeps at night. If more work means letting more children in need die, then I think they are doing a great job! Pfft!

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  2. laurie

    these people don’t care…it’s all about a paycheque to them…my son went missing in toronto and cas didn’t inform me untill 4 days later…and you know who went and found him…was me in that big city and i found my boy and took him home and fought for him to come home and he did…but the system set us up for failure everytime…but in the end we won!!! and i hope you do too…so sorry for your loss.

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    1. Casey Jackson

      Keep your son safe & with you. So glad to hear that you took the initiative to save your son. Nobody should trust that this façade our government works under has anyone’s best interests at heart, but their own. As for the family of Grace, my heart too goes out to you. Fighting through the courts unfortunately will fall short & you will become more disheartened (if this is even possible). I wish you all the luck in the world with your fight, stay strong.

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