‘How could this happen?’: Indigenous teen’s death in custody probed at inquest

On the night a teenager became the first child to die a self-inflicted death in custody in Western Australia he threatened to take his own life eight times and custodial officers managed several other detainees who self-harmed or threatened to self-harm, an inquest has heard.

Cleveland Dodd, 16, died in October last year after he was found hanging in his cell at the infamous Unit 18, attached to the maximum-security Casuarina Prison for adult men.


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