Police Investigate Why 16-Year-Old Died in Detention Center

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Police and court authorities are investigating the death of a 16-year-old girl who was found unconscious Saturday afternoon in a Jackson County juvenile detention center.

According to the 16th Judicial Circuit Court public information officer, the teenager, who had been in the detention facility for two weeks, told Family Court detention workers that she did not feel well. She laid down to rest, and detention officers say they checked on her six times between 11:54 a.m. and when she was found unresponsive at about 1:00 p.m. First aid was initiated and MAST ambulance was immediately called. She was taken to Children’s Mercy Hospital where she was pronounced dead.

Upon learning that the juvenile had died, the Detention Center immediately contacted the Kansas City, Missouri Police Department to allow them to conduct a thorough and independent investigation.

“I’ve been here 13 years, and this is the first time that we’ve had this type of situation,” said Jeff Eisenbeis, Deputy Court Administrator of Family Court. “The entire staff is saddened and stunned by this young girl’s death.”

No other information is known at this time. The Court awaits information from the medical examiner and the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department.

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