Dead Oregon inmate was known suicide risk

(AP Photo/Danny Johnston)

ALBANY, Ore. (AP) — An 18-year-old woman who killed herself in an Oregon prison last week had a history of mental illness that included suicide attempts.

Court records obtained by the Albany Democrat Herald show that Precious Anderson was viewed as a “clear suicide risk” by a clinical psychologist who interviewed her two year ago.

Her history included at least six previous suicide attempts, including one try in which she went into a coma after overdosing on prescription medication.

The reports indicate her mental health problems stemmed in part from physical and sexual abuse she suffered as a foster child.

Anderson died at the Coffee Creek Correctional Facility in Wilsonville. She had been serving time on a Linn County assault conviction and was housed among the general population.

— Information in the above story is from the Albany Democrat-Herald, http://www.dhonline.com.

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