Jail Staffers Fired After Teen’s Death
Two Kentucky juvenile detention employees have been fired in connection to the death of 16-year-old Gynnya McMillen.
Department of Juvenile Justice Commissioner, Bob Hayter, was let go after failing to notify his superiors that an employee suspended as a result of the investigation into McMillen’s death had a history of disciplinary issues.
Hayter had been in the position since 2014.
McMillen was found unresponsive in her cell in the early hours of Jan. 11 at Elizabethtown’s Lincoln Valley Regional Juvenile Detention Center. Officials have released very few details about the case.
Ten days after McMillen’s death, Reginald Windham, a supervisor at the Lincoln Village Juvenile Detention Center, was placed on special investigative leave for failing to check on the girl every 15 minutes as required for juveniles who are isolated.
Investigators found that Windham also falsified reports claiming to have performed the checks.
“Before news accounts late Friday, the Justice Cabinet was not made aware that the employee’s work record included previous disciplinary actions,” Justice Cabinet spokeswoman Lisa Lamb said in an emailed statement to CBS News. “While these disciplinary actions were not connected to the death, they reveal a pattern of unacceptable behavior for someone who supervises youth.”
Stacy Floden, who held the position of director of communications for the Juvenile Justice department, has also left.
An autopsy performed on the teen revealed no abnormal causes for her death.
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