Teen kills herself while in sheriff’s custody
There are many unanswered questions after a teenage girl, in the custody of a sheriff’s department, took her own life Monday.
Mindy Llewellyn, 16, had a troubled past. In fact, she was in custody because she had run away from home. But somehow she managed to hang herself while in a county holding cell.
Llewellyn had disappeared from her Ashland City home last week, and law enforcement officials posted notices calling her an endangered runaway.
Deputies then located the Harpeth High School student Monday and brought her to the Cheatham County Courthouse.
“It seems like she should have been on suicide watch at that point,” said community member Amy Bruce.
According to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, Llewellyn was found in the holding cell and later died at Vanderbilt Medical Center.
“It seems like tragedy on top of tragedy on top of tragedy,” Bruce said.
The TBI is now investigating, and the sheriff’s office cannot comment on the case.