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Mine Ener Dies In Jail Of Apparent Suicide
By Dave Reynolds, Inclusion Daily Express
September 3, 2003

ST. PAUL, MINNESOTA--The Philadelphia professor who admitted murdering her infant daughter last month died Saturday of an apparent suicide outside her jail cell.

Mine Ener, 38, appeared to be sleeping on a mattress in a Ramsey County Jail day-room Saturday afternoon with a blanket pulled up over her head. Deputies checked under the blanket at 3:45 p.m. and found that she had a plastic trash bag over her head and was unconscious.

Deputies and paramedics were unable to revive Ener. She was pronounced dead an hour later at nearby Regions Hospital.

"It's unusual to be able to suffocate in this fashion," Sheriff Bob Fletcher said. "We're investigating it, at this point, as a suicide, but we're also interviewing other inmates that were in this day-room area."

Ener had told police that she was considering suicide and was on medication for postpartum depression after she was arrested August 4 for second-degree murder. The Villanova University history professor admitted using a 12-inch kitchen knife to slice the throat of her daughter, 6-month-old Raya Donagi, who had Down syndrome. Police said Ener told them she "did not want the child to go through life suffering" and added that her family was not as pessimistic about her daughter's potential quality of life as she was.

Ener also told police she was having difficulty feeding the child and feared that she would have to use a feeding tube.

"Our hearts go out to the family for enduring another loss," Sheriff Fletcher said. "It's another tragedy on top of another tragic situation."

Related article:
"Jailed mom kills self" (Pioneer Press)


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