Officials identify county jail inmate who took her own life

Officials identify county jail inmate who took her own life

The Kitsap County Coroner’s office has identified the 33-year-old woman who police say took her own life recently while awaiting trial at the Kitsap County jail.

Jeana M. Rogers of Bremerton died at the hospital late Wednesday night, the coroner’s office said.

According to police, corrections officers found Rogers unresponsive in her cell Tuesday around 11:20 p.m. She was transported to Harrison Medical Center where efforts to save her life failed and she died at 11:29 p.m. Wednesday.

Rogers suffered from serious mental health issues both at the time of her arrest and while in custody, her father said.

“She was mentally unstable,” Mike Rogers said. “She never got the help she needed.”

Jeana Rogers had been detained on felony charges since October 27, when she was arrested after allegedly trying to remove her biological children from her cousin’s home, police said. A violent encounter ensued, according to court documents, in which Rogers allegedly attacked her cousin, the foster parent. Police say a man with Rogers threatened the foster parent with a gun.

Rogers was charged with first degree kidnapping, a class A felony. Bail was set at $100,000.

Rogers seemed seriously mentally ill at the time of her arrest and while in jail, her father said. She experienced delusions and bouts of paranoid thinking, he said, and was sometimes incomprehensible over the phone.

Court filings show the night of her arrest Rogers thought her children were being poisoned, a delusion she frequently had, her father said.

Jeana had been seemingly doing well just a couple years ago, Mike Rogers said – she held a steady job with the Suquamish tribal administration, had a “good family” and a “waterfront home,” he said. She even drove a Mercedes.

But drug use caused her to lose her job, her father said. And her mental health deterioriated, resulting in the loss of custody over her children.

In one of their final conversations over the phone, Jeana said “7-15 years. I’m facing that,” before trailing off, Mike said.

She went “into never never land,” he said.

Jeana Rogers’ former attorney Jeniece LaCross did not respond to a request for comment.

The Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office said they are investigating the incident and will be preparing a public report. The Department of Corrections, the jail’s medical contractor and the Kitsap Critical Incident Response Team – a consortium of local law enforcement officers – will all be looking into the matter, KCSO Sgt. Scott Wilson said.

According to the Kitsap Sun at least five people have committed suicide at the Kitsap County jail since 2000.

In 2013, 34-year-old Christina Boshears died after her family said she experienced heroin withdrawal symptoms while in custody. Her estate sued the county for wrongful death in 2016. The case was dismissed by a federal judge on August 16.

Gabe Stutman is a reporter with the Kitsap News Group. He can be contacted at gstutman@kitsapdailynews.com.

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