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Injured YDC inmate released from hospital

Friday, Dec. 7, 2012 6:10 PM
Last updated 8:55 PM
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The 15-year-old Augusta Youth Development Center inmate who was hospitalized Sunday after an assault from another youth has been released and is recovering from “cuts and bruises,” the Department of Juvenile Justice said Friday.

In a media release, the agency said the victim is recovering after a fight in a residence unit and that DJJ Commissioner Avery Niles has asked that the Georgia Bureau of Investigation not only investigate this incident but also widen the investigation to “look at all matters of a criminal nature” at the facility.

The release said the YDC is no longer in lockdown status. The fight occurred between two male inmates, and no other youths were injured. The DJJ is recommending that felony charges be brought against the attacker, according to the release.

Neither youth will be returned to the facility.

“The widening joint DJJ – GBI investigation is expected to continue at the Augusta YDC for several weeks,” the release said.

Niles is expected to name a new director by the end of the month. Ronald Brawner quit in October shortly after five youths escaped the facility.

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rebellious 12/07/12 - 08:48 pm

this is one kid assaulted but survives. This is a serious situation.

When I had escaped from the throes of adolescence, I had a conversation with my Dad. He told me he had always thought if any of his rambunctious boys got arrested, he would let us sit in jail for a day or two to think about things. Then he read a report about a kid (call him Billy for the purpose of this story) arrested for something innocuous like even DUI. While being held in jail some other inmate tried to do something and a fight insued. Someone wound up dead from this fight and Billy got charged.

Dad promised to always get us out of jail, if within his power, from then on. Now he did say he might kill us after, but he would never again put us in a position like that if he could avoid it.

I miss Dad, buy value the wisdom he gave me. And I judge these types of issues a little slower.

rmwhitley 12/08/12 - 04:55 pm
I'm certain

the perpetrator was a young Tea Party member.

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