PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- The mother of a transgender teenager who killed himself while in custody at a correctional facility in South Portland, says her child didn't get the help he needed; help she says she begged for.
On October 29th, Maisie Knowles, who preferred the name Charles, took his own life while in holding at Long Creek Youth Development Center in South Portland.
It's a place juveniles are often held as they wait for their court hearing.
His mother, Michelle Knowles, spoke with us Wednesday afternoon. She says her son had a long history of mental illness and had tried to take his own life a number of times. She says he set their house on fire, and that was what put him in Long Creek.
"My child never died on my watch. I gave my child to the care of other people, they promised they would keep my child safe. My child actually felt safe there," Knowles said in an emotional interview.
"Mental illness meant my child was always on watch, always under care."
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