- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 27, 2015

MUNCY, Pa. (AP) - A teen who pleaded guilty but mentally ill to trying to kill her aunt and uncle by setting their house on fire has hanged herself in prison.

Eighteen-year-old Teasia Long, of Port Treverton, was serving nine to 40 years at the State Correctional Institution at Muncy, one of two state prisons for women, when she hanged herself early Sunday. A prison spokesman says Long was found unresponsive in her cell shortly after 1 a.m. and was declared dead at Muncy Valley Hospital a short time later.

Long was just 16 when she was charged as an adult with attempted homicide, arson and other charges in the Feb. 3, 2014 fire at the home she shared with her aunt and uncle, Nancy and Gerald Bickhart. They were injured but survived.

Long turned 18 on April 22.


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