First Nations woman died by suicide in back of police car, inquest hears
Cries of anguish filled the cavernous provincial building in Thunder Bay, Ont. on Tuesday morning as Mary Ann Shewaybick prepared to testify at the inquest into the death of her daughter, 23-year-old Lena Anderson.
Anderson died in February 2013 in the custody of the Nishnawbe Aski Police Service in Kasabonika Lake First Nation, about 600 kilometres north of Thunder Bay.
She hung herself using the draw string that she removed from her pants after being left alone in the back of a police vehicle, according to coroner's counsel David Allan in his opening statements at the inquest.