WEST PALM BEACH (CBSMiami/AP) – The superintendent of the Palm Beach Juvenile Detention Center and his assistant superintendent have been fired after the death of a teen at the facility.
The Florida Department of Juvenile Justice announced Tuesday that four detention center officers will also be fired. Officials said a review of the facility’s operations and management revealed that the six violated policies and procedures.READ MORE: ‘We Share The Frustration With The World’: Police Chief Takes Aim At Missing Florida Woman Gabby Petito’s Fiancé, Who Isn’t Speaking
Police and prosecutors are still investigating the death of 18-year-old Eric Perez in July. The teen died hours after seeking help for a severe headache and vomiting. An autopsy is pending.READ MORE: Miami Heat & Miami-Dade County Team Up To Vaccinate Law Enforcement Officers At FTX Arena
DJJ Secretary Wansley Walters said the agency could not wait for the outcome of the criminal investigation to discipline the employees because “necessary changes” at the center can’t begin until “appropriate personnel changes” are made.
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