Female Arizona inmate dies from apparent suicide

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GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) -- Authorities say an inmate at the state prison west of Phoenix is dead after apparently committing suicide.

Arizona Department of Corrections officials say 28-year-old Geshell Fernandez was found in her cell early Friday at the Perryville prison in Goodyear.

They say medical personnel attempted lifesaving measures, but she was pronounced dead shortly before 1 a.m.

DOC officials did not release details on the method of the apparent suicide. They say the death is under investigation.

Fernandez entered the Arizona prison system in November 2009 after a conviction from Maricopa County for aggravated assault and a drug paraphernalia violation. She was serving a 7 1/2-year sentence in the Lumley Unit of the Perryville prison.

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