DEATHS OF CHILDREN IN JUVENILE JUSTICE CARE


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Anthony Dumas
Anthony Dumas
15 yrs old
10/14/2000
Lippman Family Center in Broward County, Florida

Run by the Lutheran Services Florida

State funded:

Lutheran Services Florida, a Tampa-based nonprofit organization, runs the 20-bed center under a contract with the state Department of Juvenile Justice.
On June 12, 2000, hung himself with a leather belt from his bunk bed at the Lippman runaway shelter in Oakland Park. Police reports say three staff members on duty that night all failed to cut him down from the bed, and one snapped pictures of the teen with an instant camera. Anthony was not released from his noose until police arrived. He died after being in a coma for four months.

Three employees on duty that night were suspended without pay. Youth care specialists are not counselors. They handle the day-to-day operations of the residential facility.

They need a high school diploma and must undergo CPR and first-aid training within a year of being hired. In addition to meeting the minimum requirements, the staff who first found Anthony was a certified nursing assistant.
The shelter was not licensed.
Anthony's Main Page
Anthony Green 15 yrs old
5/21/91
Brookhaven Youth Ranch

State funded:

Brookhaven does not accept private referrals. A referral must come from a juvenile probation with whom we have a contract--

-- the Texas Youth Commission or The Texas Department of Protective and Regulatory Services -- from their website.
Restrained face down for 15 minutes --Asphyxiation Article

Brookhaven Youth Ranch Website
Brandon Hadden 18 yrs old
1998
Healthcare Rehabilitation Center, Austin, TX

State funded: Texas corrections facility
Restrained in a straitjacket and held facedown on a bed -- vomited, and choked to death while two staff continued to hold him down.
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Bryan Dale Alexander 18 yrs old Cold Springs Correctional Facility, Texas

State funded: Texas corrections facility
Pneumonia, lack of proper medical care -- conviction. Article One

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Multiple Articles
Chad Andrew Franza 16 yrs old
8/17/98
Polk County Boot Camp, Florida


State funded: Florida Department of Juvenile Justice.
Suicide by hanging.
Boot Camp Death.
Results in $240,000 for Family.
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Daniel Matthews
Daniel Matthews
17 yrs old
Died: 3/31/0
Pinellas Juvenile Detention Center St. Petersburg, FL

State funded: Florida Juvenile Justice System
Danny died of blunt trauma to the head after a detention officer, a non-certified trainee, mistakenly opened the cell door of another youth, who punched Danny twice, causing him to hit his head.
Danny's Main Page
Dillon Taylor Peak 14 yrs old
Died: 6/17/06
Peace River Outward Bound camp in DeSoto County

State funded: Florida Juvenile Justice System
Officials say Dillon apparently died of a severe case of encephalitis. The death remains under investigation.

According to an article listed on the ACLU website, Dillon died after becoming ill and suffering seizures. His parents claim he didn't get medical treatment soon enough, and a state investigation released in January found that, while Outward Bound staffers weren't guilty of neglect, they failed to follow strict guidelines that would have sent Peak to the hospital instead of back to his tent.
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Gina Score
Gina Score
14 yrs old
1990
South Dakota Training School, Plankinton, SD
Collapsed (hyperthermia), left out in sun for 3 hours....internal temp at least 108.
Gina's Main Page
Joey (Giovanni) Alteriz
Joey and his Mom
16 yrs old
2/4/06
SummitQuest, ViaQuest Program
Preliminary autopsy report indicates cause of death was asphyxia due to prone, face-down restraint; found traumatic injuries about the shoulder, right lower abdomen, indicating compression and forcefully being maintained in a face down position.
Joey's Main Page
Johnny Lim
Johnny Lim
14 yrs old
12/26/05
King County Juvenile Detention Center, Washington
[State funded: Washington Department of Juvenile Justice]
After Johnny complained of an excruciating headache, he vomited and fell to the floor. The county's medical examiner ruled the death a "spontaneous brain-stem hemorrhage" attributable to natural causes.

There are many unanswered questions by Lim's family and attorney representing staff and the center.
Johnny's Main Page
Martin Lewis Anderson
Martin's Death
14 yrs old
1/6/2006
Bay County Sheriff’s Office Boot Camp
[State funded: Florida Department of Juvenile Justice]
Martin Lee Anderson died at a Pensacola hospital one day after guards at the Bay County Sheriff's Office Boot Camp punched, kneed, and applied pressure to his head in an attempt to force him to continue running laps. An autopsy ordered by a special prosecutor concluded Martin died of asphyxia after guards covered his mouth and shoved ammonia capsules up his nose. A use-of-force report said the guards had thought Martin was malingering.

The beating was caught on video. Original report from the medical examiner determined his cause of death was due to sickle cell trait.
His body was exhumed and a second autopsy was performed. The cause of death was then determined to be a result of asphyxiation from ammonia inhalants shoved up Martin Lee Anderson's nose while his mouth was covered.

Following a week-long criminal trial the seven guards and nurse were acquitted. The fight continues for justice in this case.
Martin's Main Page
Michael Ibarra-Wiltsie

12 yrs old
2/5/2000
Eckert Youth Alternatives Camp E-Kel-Etu in Marion County, Florida.

State funded: Florida Juvenile Justice System

A Florida Department of Juvenile Justice investigation held counselor Joseph Cooley responsible, saying he used excessive force to restrain Wiltsie.

Linda Ibarra, Wiltsie's mother, filed wrongful death lawsuits against Cooley and the camp owner in both state and federal court. The cases settled for an undisclosed amount in 2002, the Ocala Star-Banner reported.
Cause of death: Asphyxia -- Restraint sat on by 320 pound counselor.

Investigations concluded Michael, who weighed only 66 pounds, died of asphyxia after being held in a ''full-body restraint'' by a counselor who weighed over 300 pounds. While being held by the counselor, Michael yelled several times that he could not breathe. A death review said the counselor believed Michael was "playing possum."

Wiltsie's mother was found dead in her garage with her 7-year-old son in an apparent murder-suicide, authorities said.
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Nicholas Contreras
Nicholas Contreas

Nicholas' Mon and Sister
Nicholas' mom and sister as they grieve his loss
16 yrs old
died: 3/2/98
Arizona Boys Ranch
Prolonged and serious medical neglect and openly abusive treatment per investigative summary.

From one article: "In one case, Contreraz was forced to do pushups with his head over a bucket of feces-smeared clothing..."
Nicholas' Main Page
Articles, Investigation Summary


Nicholas' TorsoPicture of Nicholas' torso during his autops
Omar Paisley

Omar Paisley
17 yrs old
6/9/2003
Miami Dade Regional Juvenile Detention Center Florida

State funded: Florida Juvenile Justice System

June 9, 2003, at the Miami Juvenile Detention Center of a ruptured appendix that went untreated. Omar had complained to nurses and guards for three days that he was sick and in excruciating abdominal pain. Two nurses, who have been charged with third-degree murder, failed to treat him, and officers waited days before summoning help. Records show some of the officers and nurses thought Omar was faking.
Died of a ruptured appendix that went untreated. Omar had complained to the guards and nurses for three days that he was sick and in excruciating abdominal pain. Two nurses, who have been charged with third-degree murder, failed to treat him, and officers waited days before summoning help. Records show some of the officers and nurses thought Omar was faking.
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Shawn Smith
Shawn Smith
13 yrs old
10/30/2001
Volusia Regional Juvenile Detention Center Florida

State funded: Florida Juvenile Justice System
Smith was found with a sheet tied to his neck and to the door of his cell. He was supposed to be on ''close watch'' -- requiring officers to observe him ever five minutes -- as a suicide risk.

He committed suicide after complaining of being abused at the hands of those who were supposed to be there to help him.
Articles
Willie Lawrence Durden, III 17 yrs old
10/14/2003
Cypress Creek Juvenile Offender Correctional Center Lecanto, Citrus County, Florida

State funded: Florida Juvenile Justice System; privately managed, contracted with the state.
An autopsy concluded Willie died of ventricular arrhythmia, due to an enlarged and diseased heart.

A recent report says guards waited about 20 minutes after discovering the limp teen before calling 911 and beginning CPR.

A guard told investigators he waited to begin CPR because teens sometimes "play pranks".
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