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.

More in News

The Aurora Borealis glows over the Mendenhall Glacier in 2014. (Michael Penn / Juneau Empire File)
Aurora forecast

Forecasts from the University of Alaska Fairbanks’ Geophysical Institute for the week of Dec. 3

This photo shows an Alaska State Trooper patrol vehicle (Juneau Empire File)
Troopers: Man killed raven, consumed its tongue

No arrests or citations made at this time, but investigation is underway.

t
Writers’ Weir: A window into the sea

A nonfiction story by Rodger Painter.

Kéet and Oscar wait patiently to play on the beach in winter in Wrangell. (Vivian Faith Prescott / For the Capital City Weekly)
Planet Alaska: Winter words

Phrases and words to use to create a Lingít language immersion outing in the winter.

(Michael Penn / Juneau Empire File)
Police calls for Wednesday, Dec. 7

This report contains information from law enforcement and public safety agencies.

Gavel (Courtesy Photo / Juneau Empire file)
Judicial appointments announced

Three of the four presiding Superior Court judges have been reappointed, outgoing… Continue reading

Male harlequins earn their name with their patchwork colors. (Courtesy Photo / Bob Armstrong)
On the Trails: The colorful world of harlequins

On a cold, windy day in late November, I wandered out to… Continue reading

Most Read