Delilah Blair’s grieving mother is struggling to understand how her daughter could die in jail – the one place she thought she would always be safe.
“When she was incarcerated I could sleep because I knew she wasn’t on the streets,” said Selina McIntyre. “She should have been safe. They should have known her history. She wasn’t coming in there as a surprise.”
Blair’s family has identified her as the female inmate who died Sunday at the South West Detention Centre in Windsor, Ont. McIntyre said the family was told by a coroner that her daughter hanged herself in her cell using bed sheets.
The mother of four is the first inmate to die at the state-of-the-art facility since it opened in 2014. She was found unresponsive in her cell around 9 p.m. Corrections staff performed first aid and she was transported by ambulance to a Windsor hospital where she was declared dead. She was 30.
“You just can’t send me a can of dust and tell me that’s my daughter. I just have to hold her and see her one more time.”
– Selina McIntyre
The Office of the Chief Coroner, the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services and Windsor police are continuing to investigate.
It is not clear how long Blair was in custody. Court documents indicate she allegedly committed a robbery using an imitation weapon on March 3. Her first court date was April 4. The charge was stayed Wednesday.
None of the official sources confirmed Blair was the woman who died, or that she took her own life, but family members said they wanted to share her story and the pain that comes from so suddenly losing a loved one.
“I know my daughter had a rough past,” McIntyre said. “She had a good battle with it and she couldn’t win with the drugs but giving her that last time in an institution should not have been a death sentence to her.”
The kind of person you never forget
Blair was born in Fort St. John B.C., but grew up in Hay River N.W.T.
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