Inquest ordered into the death of Fredericton teen

The provincial government announced Wednesday a coroner’s inquest will be held into the death of a 16-year-old Fredericton girl.

Officials from the Office of the Chief Coroner say an inquest into the death of Lexi Daken will take place from Nov. 6 to 10.

Daken, 16, died by suicide on Feb. 24, 2021, at the Dr. Everett Chalmers Regional Hospital after spending hours trying to access proper mental health services.

New Brunswick’s child, youth and seniors’ advocate at the time, Norman Bossé, said failure to provide those services played a direct role in her death, which he adds was preventable.

The province says the inquest into Daken’s death will take place at the University of New Brunswick Law School in Fredericton.

An inquest allows for the public presentation of all evidence relating to a death, officials say.

“Presiding coroner Emily Caissy and a jury will publicly hear evidence from witnesses to determine the facts surrounding Daken’s death,” officials said in a news release.

“The jury will have an opportunity to make recommendations aimed at preventing deaths under similar circumstances.”