Attorney Says DCS Partially To Blame for Escaped Teens --Sky Arnold
Updated: Wednesday, September 3 2014, 11:16 PM CDT
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Nashville, Tenn --- Six teens who busted out of the Department of Children's Service's custody remain on the loose.
They include 18 year old Andre Davis and 17 year olds De'Mario Fisher, Jaron Carrethurs, Kuyvonta Cain, Omar Manzanarez and Tajhiee Cockerham.
They're part of a group of 33 that snuck under the fence Monday night at the Woodland Hills facility in Bordeaux.
19 of those teens pleaded guilty to escape Wednesday afternoon in Juvenile Court. Aimee Seitzman represents one of the 17 year olds and she believes DCS is at least partially to blame.
Seitzman says because of a lack of resources the department has delayed some services the kids depend on.
"It delays the children's therapy. It delays their being able to get home and it makes things frustrating when they can't progress. We're talking about a child's mind," said Seitzman.
A department spokesperson says DCS welcomes any feedback from attorneys or the public about problems within the facility. Whatever lead to the break-out there will still real consequences for all 33.
Assistant District Attorney Stacy Miller says DCS will ultimately be responsible for decided what extra punishment they get but she says many will be pushed back in their programs and spend more time in the care of DCS."DCS will have to look at each individual case and determine what do we need to do to rehabilitate these kids completely because clearly they're not rehabilitating when they're escaping," said Miller.
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