Inmate dies days after suicide attempt

ANCHORAGE — Alaska corrections officials say a 22-year-old female inmate accused of killing her infant daughter has died after an apparent suicide attempt.

Officials in a release said Nina Amigale Alexie was pronounced dead just after noon Tuesday at Alaska Regional Hospital.

She was found unresponsive in her cell at Hiland Correctional Facility in Eagle River on Friday afternoon, and was hospitalized in Anchorage until her death.

She’s been in custody since July 28, accused of choking her infant daughter to death with a knit cap. Her trial on second-degree murder and manslaughter charges was scheduled to start next month.

Per state policy, state officials review every prisoner death. This is the first inmate death of 2017.

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