Employee on leave following death of teen at Kentucky juvenile detention center
The Kentucky Justice Cabinet says an investigation has revealed that an employee at a juvenile detention center in Hardin County, where a teenager died a day after being admitted, failed to make all required visual bed checks.
Multiple news outlets have reported that 16-year-old Gynnya McMillen was found unresponsive early in the morning of Jan. 11, at the Lincoln Village Regional Juvenile Detention Center in Elizabethtown.
A statement released Thursday said the employee has been placed on special investigative leave with pay and that further disciplinary action will depend on internal and external reviews.
Kentucky State Police and the Justice Cabinet’s Internal Investigations Branch are investigating. The statement said the Department of Juvenile Justice is reviewing video and personnel conduct.
A camera inside the teen’s room recorded the room for the length of her stay at the Elizabethtown facility.
The cause of death hasn’t been determined, pending test results.