CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. — A 24-year-old transgender woman had killed herself in a southeast Missouri jail last year, but police didn’t disclose the suicide to news media or the public at the time.

The Southeast Missourian reports that it learned of Amalia LeAnn Smith’s death last week from a Kansas reporter covering a presentation by architect Lawrence Goldberg in which he commented on the June suicide to commissioners in a Kansas county.

Goldberg is involved in the design of the jail section of the new Cape Girardeau police station.

The architect was quoted saying that bringing in a transgender woman who hasn’t gone through sex reassignment brought challenges to the old jail. He suggested the death might not have happened in the new jail.

Cape Girardeau Police Chief Wes Blair said Tuesday that police don’t release reports on suicides unless there is a specific request for information.


Information from: Southeast Missourian, http://www.semissourian.com

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