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GREAT FALLS - The guardians of a young girl whose mother committed suicide in the Cascade County jail have filed a lawsuit alleging officials did not do enough to protect the Browning woman.

In May 2007, 23-year-old Tia Henriksen of Browning hung herself from an air vent in her cell, six days after her arrest. Henriksen was charged with second-degree murder in the 2006 stabbing death of 25-year-old Aarie Mad Plume and had pleaded not guilty.

The lawsuit, filed in District Court in Great Falls last week, alleges county officials breached their duty by not having appropriate suicide-prevention procedures in place and by placing Henriksen in a cell where another inmate had committed suicide in the same manner.

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The lawsuit seeks unspecified compensation for grief caused by Henriksen's death, along with punitive damages.

County officials said they had not seen the lawsuit and could not comment.

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