Louisiana

Deputy arrested on malfeasance charge in teen's jail suicide

A sheriff's deputy has been arrested on a malfeasance charge in connection with last October's suicide of a 15-year-old boy at the New Orleans jail.

Court records show 25-year-old Keriana Alexcee was being held Wednesday on $2,500 bond.

Jaquin (jah-KWAHN') Thomas hanged himself with a mattress cover while jailed on a murder charge.

An arrest affidavit states that Thomas was in a tier where jail staffers were to make security checks every 15 minutes. It says Alexcee waited too long between checks. It also says she passed Thomas's cell four times, never looking inside, after he hanged himself.

The affidavit also says a suicide note was found at Thomas' cell desk.

Court records said Alexcee had not yet hired a lawyer.