Ashley Smith Did Not Commit Suicide, Psychologist’s Report Says

October 30th, 2010 - 8:39 pm ICT by GD  

By Gina Gomez
mountOct 30, (THAINDIAN NEWS) A psychologist’s report has ruled the death of 19-year-old Ashley Smith as accident thereby refuting speculations that the New Brunswick woman might have taken her own life. The startling revelation was reported by Dr. Margo Rivera who had been hired by the Correctional Service of Canada to ascertain the cause of the teenager’s death on October, 2007. Ashley Smith was found hanging in her prison cell where she was on was in solitary confinement on suicide watch.

In the report that has been obtained by the teenager’s family, psychologist Dr. Margo Rivera says that it seems unlikely that Ashley Smith committed suicide but rather it was an accident as no one wanted the 19-year-old to die, not even herself. The psychologist further contended that the behavior that was displayed by Ashley Smith inside the prison cell was the outcome of boredom as the environment in the jail had little to offer in terms of stimulation. At the same time, Dr. Margo Rivera also noted that the prison staff remember the teenager saying that she would never do anything to hurt herself while adding that the staff were bound by duty to save her.

Dr. Margo Rivera’s report was never made public but Ashley Smith’s family were able to obtain it with regard to a lawsuit that they have filed against the Correctional Service of Canada. The deceased girl’s family claims that the prison guards were following an officials directive when Ashley Smith struggled for her breath and passed away as they stood watching her. According to sources, the psychologist’s report would be presented in the court hearing on Monday that would lead up to the coroner’s inquest into the teenager’s death.

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