“I find it very strange that two healthy teens suddenly drop dead upon being restrained for unruliness by staff members at this facility. Something does not sound right about these deaths and we intend to do a full investigation to not only get to the bottom of the truth but to make sure that the current youths housed at this facility are not being subjected to physical or life threatening abuse at the hands of staff members.” Comments from Urban Resource Center Director Terry McMoore to the media following the death of 17 year old Omega Leach.
Nashville’s NewsChannel 5 Reported the Following:
A third agency is expected to join state and local agencies investigating a treatment center for troubled youth.
At least two children have died while in the care of the Chad Youth Enhancement Center, with the latest happening this past weekend.
Two more families now admit that they pulled their youngsters out, fearing for their safety.
The mothers said that their children have problems and that they welcome help in disciplining them.
But they claim the center operates more like a prison.
“I took her out,” said parent Norma Davis.
Davis pulled her daughter from the center.
“That’s it, we’re signing him out,” said another parent Edith Ruland.
Their accusation is that the center’s staff is abusive.
“All of a sudden, I just remember going down to the ground. And I guess when I raised my head up she slammed it back down, and my mouth was pouring blood,” said Davis’ daughter, Atlanta Redman, who once stayed at the center.
According to Davis, the staff calls the maneuver a “safety hold” to restrain an out-of-control child.
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