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GEORGIA DEPARTMENT OF JUVENILE
JUSTICE
OFFICE OF INVESTIGATION

CASE 01-0379-01-15
Metro RYDC
Case Agent: Maggie Stidom
Volume 1

7/7/2015

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GEORGIA DEPARTMENT OF JUVENILE JUSTICE
OFFICE OF INVESTIGATIONS
INVESTIGATION DATA SHEET

01 CASE NUMBER:

01-0379-01-15

SOURCE DOCUMENT:

2015-04283

INVESTIGATOR:

Maggie Stidom, Investigator

INCIDENT LOCATION:

Metro RYDC

REPORTING LOCATION:

Metro RYDC

DATE OF INCIDENT:

04/05/2015

DATE ASSIGNED:

04/05/2015

DATE COMPLETED:

05/18/2015

VICTIM:

Youth--

ACCUSED:

Metro Regional Youth Detention Center

ALLEGATION(S):

Death of a Youth, Suicide (A 1P)

OUTCOME/CODE:

SUBSTANTIATED (A1 P)

CRIMINAL CHARGES:

N/A

ADDITIONAL VIOLATIONS:

~Yes

DNo

Employee Misconduct (G2P)
OUTCOME/CODE:

SUBSTANTIATED (G2P)

NO CONTACT/ SUSPENSION:

DYes

~No

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OFFICE OF INVESTIGATIONS

FOLDER INDEX
CASE NUMBER 01-0379-01-15
EXHIBIT
NO.

ITEM

NO. OF
PAGES
4

A.

Complaint Folder Index

B.

Report of Investigation

62

c.

Contact List

3

D.

Copy of Mechanical Special Incident Report 2015-04283

6

E.

Copy of Special Incident Report(s)

17

F.

Staff Witness Statement- Officer Adrian Cooper

4

G.

Staff Witness Statement- Officer Nitarren Joe

1

H.

Staff Witness Statement- Officer Courtney Kelsey

2

I.

Staff Witness Statement- Nurse Kawana Wires

2

J.

Staff Witness Statement - Officer Jessica Mitchell

2

K.

Staff Witness Statement - Sergeant Jackie Campbell

1

L.

Staff Witness Statement- Officer Nikia White

1

M.

Staff Witness Statement- Officer Michael Anderson

1

N.

Staff Witness Statement- Lieutenant Brandon Waters

5

0.

Youth Witness Statement- Youth

1

P.

Youth Witness Statement- Youth

1

Q.

Staff Witness Statement - SSP2 Charlene Smith

2

A.

Youth Witness Statement- Youth

1

s.

Staff Witness Statement - SERT Officer Jerelyn Calhoun

4

T.

Staff Witness Statement- SERT Lieutenant Montrail Mitchell

2

u.
v.
w.

Staff Witness Statement- SERT Officer Delance Green

1

Staff Witness Statement- Captain Of Security Roy Lango, Jr.

2

Staff Witness Statement- Lieutenant Gregory McDowell

2

X.

Youth Witness Statement- Youth

1

Y.

Youth Witness Statement- Youth

1

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OFFICE OF INVESTIGATIONS

z.

Staff Witness Statement- Recreation Supervisor Rennard Wallace

1

AA.

Staff Witness Statement - Regional Principal Dr. Jerry Jones

1

88.

Staff Witness Statement - Associate Director Of Security Robert Lowers

4

cc.

Staff Witness Statement - Unit Manager Selma Calloway

1

DO.

Staff Witness Statement - CGL Sean Simpson

1

EE.

Staff Witness Statement- CGL Duane Griffith

1

FF.

Staff Witness Statement- SSP1 Ashley Davis

1

GG.

Youth Witness Statement- Y o u t h - -

1

HH.

Staff Witness Statement - Sergeant Kervin Matthews

1

Staff Witness Statement- Mental Health Intern Roberta Woods

2

JJ.

Staff Witness Statement - Dr. Lainey Richardson

1

KK.

Staff Witness Statement - Officer Ashley Martin

1

LL.

Staff Witness Statement - Officer Monica Daugherty

1

MM.

Staff Witness Statement - Sergeant Carolyn Dillard

1

NN.

Staff Witness Statement - Officer Celeste Collins

1

00.

Staff Witness Statement - Officer Bartholomew Duruebube

1

PP.

Staff Witness Statement - Former Facility Director Pamela Mitchell

1

QQ.

Staff Witness Statement- Designated Mental Health Authority Tracy Young

1

RR.

Staff Witness Statement- Associate Director of Programs Beverly Hastings

1

ss.

Staff Witness Statement- Juvenile Detention Counselor Steven Seroyer

1

TT

Staff Witness Statement - Lieutenant Edward Jones

1

uu
vv

Staff Witness Statement- Lieutenant Travis Woody

3

Staff Witness Statement - Regional Administrator Martha Dalesio

2

ww

Staff Witness Statement- Unit Manager Valerie Wallace-Kitchens

1

XX.

Assigning documentation

2

YY.

DeKalb County Police Report

3

z.z

DeKalb County Incident Detail (911 Call)

3

AAA-1.

Crime Scene Timeline

2

AAA-2.

Crime Scene Photos CD

1

II.

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OFFICE OF INVESTIGATIONS

9

BBB.
CCC.

Main Control Log Book Documentation

35

DOD.

First Shift Hand Written Briefing Report from April 5, 2015

2

EEE.

C-Control Log Book Documentation

25

FFF.

Confinement Check Form(s)

4

GGG.

C-1 Log Book Documentation

21

HHH.

Dr. Jones SIR Statement

1

Office of Quality Assurance Report History for Y o u t h -

2

JJJ.

Detex Report

6

KKK.

C-1 Housing Unit Floor Plan

1

LLL.

Cell Phone Screen Shot(s)

3

MMM.

Email For Confinement Release

2

NNN.

Special Incident Report 2015-04287

13

000.

Special Incident Report 2014-12748

7

PPP.

C-1 Shower Log

4

QQQ.

Shift Status Report From April 2, 2015

4

RRR.

Secure Facility Reports

17

sss.

CGUMetro Work Order List

28

TTT.

Metro Maintenance Issue Report

24

uuu.

Mental Health Progress Note

1

VVV-1.

Metro L.O.P. 12.21 Dated March 20, 2015

2

VVV-1.

Metro L.O.P. 12.21 Dated April 29, 2015

3

WWW-1.

Metro L.O.P. 8.1 (Signed)

2

WWW-2.

Metro L.O.P. 8.1 (Unsigned)

2

WWW-3.

Staffing Analysis

4

XXX.

Kronos Report for Captain Roy Lango

2

YYY.

Kronos Report for Associate Director of Security Robert Lowers

2

ZZZ-1.

Metro L.O.P. 8.21

3

ZZZ-2.

Metro L.O.P. 12.1

1

Ill.

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OFFICE OF INVESTIGATIONS
ZZZ-3.

Metro L.O.P. 12.8

AAAA.

TRIS Reports I Training Files

BBBB-1.

Department of Juvenile Justice Juvenile's Audit History

11

BBBB-2.

Department of Juvenile Justice Offender's Face Sheet

6

ecce.

Metro RYDC POST Assignment from April 1 to April 5, 2015

9

DODD.

Metro Daily Briefing Form from April 2 to April 5, 2015

EEEE.

Metro Security Schedule for April 2015

8

FFFF.

CCTV/Camcorder Footage Time Line

35

GGGG.

Behavior Record(s)

5

HHHH.

Emergency Plan F Documentation

7

Juvenile Tracking System Case Note(s) Documentation

6

JJJJ.

TYCO Sprinkler Head Information

4

KKKK.

Life Safety Code Enabling Reference

6

RRRR.

Emergency Management I Fire Safety Review

4

MMMM.

OCI Preliminary Report

99

NNNN.

Shift Supervisor Log Book Documentation

11

0000.

DJJ Policies I Metro RYDC L.O.P.

96

PPPP.

Miscellaneous E-mail/ documentation

RRRR.

2 - DVDs containing audio interviews

1111.

1
207

28 - DVDs containing video footage
RRRR-1 Audio Interviews
a). Officer Cooper

b). Officer Joe

c). Nurse Wires

d). Lieutenant Waters

e). SSP2 Smith

f). Captain Lango

g). Lieutenant McDowell

h). AD Lowers

i). Unit Manager Calloway

j). Sergeant Matthews

k). Mental Health Intern Woods 1). Former Director Mitchell
m). Lieutenant Woody

n). Regional Administrator Dalesio

o). Unit Manager Wallace-Kitchens

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RRRR-2 Audio Interviews
a). Y o u t h -

b). Youth-

c). Y o u t h -

d). Youth-

e). Y o u t h -

f). Captain Lango

g). Officer White

h). SEAT Calhoun

i). SEAT Greene

j). SEAT Mitchell

k). Officer Anderson

1). CGL Griffith

m). CGL Simpson

n). Dr. Jones

o). Dr. L. Richardson

p). DMHA Young

q). Officer A. Martin

r). Officer Duruebube

s). Officer Collins

t). Officer Daughtery

u). Officer Mitchell

v). Sergeant Campbell

w). Sergeant Dillard

x). SSP Davis

y). Coach Wallace
aa). JDC Seroyer

z). AD B. Hastings
bb). Former Captain Garner-Watkins

RRRR-3 - 1 CD with camcorder footage
RRRR-4- 1 CD with CCTV footage of C1 dayroom 0900-1130 hrs.
RRRR-5- 1 CD with CCTV footage of C1 dayroom 1130-1330 hrs.
RRRR-6- 1 CD with CCTV footage of C1 dayroom 0900-1130 hrs.
RRRR-7- 1 CD with CCTV footage of C1 dayroom 1130-1335 hrs.
RRRR-8 -1 CD with CCTV footage of C1 bottom tier 0900-1130 hrs.

RRRR-9- 1 CD with CCTV footage of C1 bottom tier 1130-1335
hrs.

RRRR-10- 1 CD with CCTV footage of C1 top tier 0900-1130 hrs.
RRRR-11- 1 CD with CCTV footage of C1 top tier 1130-1335 hrs.
RRRR-12- 1 CD with CCTV footage of C-Sally port; C-Hall; front
lobby/gate 1211-1227 hrs.

RRRR-13- 1 CD with CCTV footage of C-Sally port closet 4/1/151127-1330 h rs.

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RRRR-14- 1 CD with CCTV footage of C-Sally port closet 4/1/151330-1430 hrs.
RRRR-15- 1 CD with CCTV footage of C-Sally port closet 4/1/151430-1630 hrs.
RRRR-16- 1 CD with CCTV footage of C-Sally port closet 4/1/151630-1830 hrs.
RRRR-17- 1 CD with CCTV footage of C-Sally port closet 4/1/151830-2030 hrs.
RRRR-18- 1 CD with CCTV footage of C-Sally port closet 4/1/152030-2230 hrs.
RRRR-19- 1 CD with CCTV footage of C-Sally port closet 4/1/152230-2359 hrs.
RRRR-20 - 1 CD with CCTV footage of C-Sally port closet 4/2/15 0000-0230 hrs.
RRRR-21 - 1 CD with CCTV footage of C-Sally port closet 4/2/15 0230-0430 hrs.
RRRR-22 - 1 CD with CCTV footage of C-Sally port closet 4/2/15 0430-0630 h rs.
RRRR-23 - 1 CD with CCTV footage of C-Sally port closet 4/2/15 0630-0830 hrs.
RRRR-24 - 1 CD with CCTV footage of C-Sally port closet 4/2/15 0830-1 030 h rs.
RRRR-25 - 1 CD with CCTV footage of C-Sally port closet 4/2/15 1030-1230 hrs.
RRRR-26 - 1 CD with CCTV footage of C-Sally port closet 4/2/15 1230-1430 hrs.
RRRR-27 - 1 CD with CCTV footage of C-Sally port closet 4/2/15 1430-1630 hrs.
RRRR-28 - 1 CD with CCTV footage of C-Sally port closet 4/2/15 1630-1830 hrs.

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RRRR-29 - 1 CD with CCTV footage of C-Sally port closet 4/2/15 1830-2030 hrs.
RRRR-30 - 1 CD with CCTV footage of C-Sally port closet 4/2/15 2030-2210 hrs.

GEORGIA DEPARTMENT OF JUVENILE JUSTICE
OFFICE OF INVESTIGATIONS
REPORT OF INVESTIGATIO~~ ~

lnvestigations~~).:vs p#-

TO:

John E. Pearson Sr., Chief of

THRU:

Aii-Kabir, N.W. Region Field Supervisor

FROM:

Maggie Stidom, Investigator

REF:

01-0379-01-15

LOCATION: Metro Regional Youth Detention Center

SUMMARY

On Sunday, April 5, 2015, at 1237 hours, Investigator Maggie Stidom of the Department
of Juvenile Justice was notified by Field Supervisor (F/S) Ali-Kabir Muhammad, of an
apparent suicide "Youth Suicide" (A 1P) involving Youth at Metro
Regional Youth Detention Center (RYDC) located at 1300 Constitution Road, Atlanta,
GA 30316. F/S Muhammad briefed Investigator Stidom on the case and assigned
Investigator Stidom to respond to the scene and initiated an Independent Internal
Investigation, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation had been requested to conduct a
criminal investigation.
On April 5, 2015 at 1332 hours, Investigator Stidom arrived at Metro Regional Youth
Detention Center (RYDC), located at 1300 Constitution Road, Atlanta, GA 30316 and
met with Chief Investigator John E. Pearson, Sr. and Field Supervisor Ali-Kabir
Muhammad, who were already on the scene. After being briefed on the incident,
Investigator Stidom reported to C-1 housing unit to secure the scene from DeKalb
County Police Officers, Sergeant D.L. Ware (Badge Number 1632) and Officer Gibbson
(Badge Number 3302). A copy of the DeKalb County Police Report, number 15032141,
is included in this file (See Exhibit YY, DeKalb County Police Department Incident
Report #GA0440200, Case# 15-032141).
At 1345 hours on April 5, 2015, Investigator Stidom entered C-1 housing unit. After
arriving on C-1 housing unit, Sergeant Ware and Officer Gibbson turned the scene over
to Investigator Stidom at 1348 hours. Investigator Stidom secured the scene as GBI
Special Agent Merlin Ector arrived on the scene and examined cell 103, the cell of
Y o u t h - GBI Special Agent Merlin Ector exited the scene at 1349 hours. At
1445 hours GBI Agent Joshua Ellis arrived to C-1 housing unit escorted by Captain Roy
Lango Jr. of Metro RYDC. At 1448 hours, GBI Agent Ellis took control of the scene
from Investigator Stidom. At 1453 hours, GBI Agent Ellis locked down cell 103, C-1
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housing unit, as he began to process the scene for evidence. GBI Ellis requested to
speak with the staff who removed Y o u t h - from the sprinkler head. Lieutenant
Brandon Waters reported to the scene at 1537 hours and Nurse Kawana Wires arrived
at 1600 hours to answer some questions from GBI Agent Ellis. At 1614 hours GBI
Agent Ellis seals the door of cell 103 on C-1 housing unit and Agent Ellis secures cell
door 103 with tape covering the lock and then initialing the tape (See Exhibit AAA-1,
Crime Scene Timeline for April 5, 2015, from 1345 hours to 1617 hours and Exhibit
AAA-2, Crime Scene Photos).
At 1347 hours, Senior Investigator Jason George of the Department of Juvenile Justice
arrived at Metro RYDC and began to assist with the investigation.
On Sunday, April 5, 2015 at 1607 hours, Field Supervisor Ali-Kabir Muhammad and
Senior Investigator Jason George interviewed Juvenile Correctional Officer 1 Adrian
Cooper, who was assigned to work C-1 housing unit on Sunday, April 5, 2015 at Metro
RYDC. Officer Cooper stated that he was the only officer posted on C-1 with 24 youth
assigned to the housing unit. Officer Cooper stated he took post at 0545 hours. Officer
(See Exhibit
Cooper added that Youth was on a
888,
) that was issued by mental health staff. Officer Cooper
stated he was the only officer posted on the unit that day, Sunday, April 5, 2015 (See
Exhibit CCC, Main Control Room log book documentation, page 32). There were 24
youth assigned to C-1 housing unit. As a result, Officer Cooper created a schedule to
maintain the youth on the unit. The schedule consisted of separating the youth into
three groups of eight and allowing one group out for leisure and recreation at a time.
Nevertheless, Officer Cooper reported it was difficult transitioning the youth due to them
being non-compliant. NOTE: [CCTV footage reflects there being 7 youth out in the
dayroom.] (See Exhibit RRRR-4 thru RRRR-7)
Officer Cooper said Lieutenant Waters informed him not to leave the day room when
youth assigned to the unit were out of their cells for leisure. NOTE: [There is no
evidence to support Officer Cooper's claim that Lieutenant Waters directed him not to
leave the dayroom to conduct detex rounds.] Officer Cooper reported that he would
send youth from the day room to check on the youth that were secured in their
cells. Officer Cooper stated Youth
brought to his attention that Youth
1cer Cooper says he radioed for
was attempting to hang 1m
Lieutenant Waters to come and assist him on the unit. NOTE: [There is no evidence to
support that Officer Cooper called Lieutenant Waters to the unit for assistance prior to
Officer Anderson reporting to the unit at 1140 hours to relieve Officer Cooper for break.]
Officer Cooper reported that Lieutenant Waters didn't come to the unit immediately, but
responded later at 1148 hours to a combative youth in the day room (See Exhibit CCC,
Main Control Room logbook documentation, page 33). Officer Cooper said when
Lieutenant Waters' arrived on the C-1 housing unit, Officer Cooper was instructed to
secure all the youth who were in the dayroom on leisure in their cells while Lieutenant
Waters spoke with the combative youth. Officer Cooper stated as he was escorting
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youth to their cells he observed Y o u t h - hanging from the sprinkler system with
his jump suit tied around his neck. Officer Cooper stated he immediately called for
Lieutenant Waters to respond to Youth cell, room 103. Officer Cooper
unsecured the cell door and entered the cell assisting Lieutenant Waters with removing
Youth from the sprinkler head. Officer Cooper says Youth
secured on the floor and Lieutenant Waters began CPR on Youth
Cooper stated that Y o u t h - was nonresponsive.
Officer Cooper's interview was digitally recorded and copied to a compact disc that was
listed on DJJ 01 Receipt for Property Number 0007, which is included in the case file
(See Exhibit RRRR-1a). Officer Cooper also submitted a written statement which is
included in the case file (See Exhibit F).
At 1637 hours, Senior Investigator Danielle Batie of the Department of Juvenile Justice
arrived at Metro RYDC to assist with the investigation.
On April 5, 2015 at 1638 hours, Senior Investigator George interviewed Juvenile
Correctional Officer 1 Nitarren Joe. Officer Joe was working in C-Control room the
as
entire day. Officer Joe said Y o u t h - was on a
discussed in shift briefing (See Exhibit DOD, a hand written Shift Briefing Report).
Officer Joe reported that she had not seen Y o u t h - out of his room all day,
Sunday, April 5, 2015. According to Officer Joe, at 1148 hours, Officer Cooper called
for Lieutenant Waters to come to C-1 housing unit for a non-compliant youth who
refused to be secured in his cell. Lieutenant Waters arrived at 1149 hours. At 1153
hours Lieutenant Waters then called for Officer Joe to call medical staff to C-1 housing
unit immediately (See Exhibit CCC, Main Control room log book documentation, page
33 and Exhibit EEE, C-Control logbook documentation, page 79). At 1154 hours,
medical staff arrived on C-1 housing unit; C-Control was then notified to call 911. Since
Officer Jessica Mitchell was already in C-Control room, Officer Mitchell called 911 for
Youth around 1155 hours (See Exhibit EEE, C-Control logbook
documentation, page 79). NOTE: [It is unclear how long Officer Mitchell was in CControl.] Officer Joe reported EMS responded to the unit at 1203 hours, on Sunday,
April 5, 2015. Officer Joe said EMS then exited C-1 housing unit with Y o u t h at 1213 hours. The facility's radio traffic was ceased all youth were secured in their
cells and staff was to continue regular detexing. NOTE: [As a result of Officer Joe
being posted in C-Control, she did not receive all of the details surrounding the original
reason why Lieutenant Waters was called to C-1 housing unit.]
Investigator George asked Officer Joe if she unsecured the cell door of Y o u t h today, Sunday, April 5, 2015. Officer Joe stated Youth was on lockdown and
was supposed to come off of confinement at 0930 hour (See Exhibit FFF, Confinement
Check Forms). Investigator George asked Officer Joe if she saw Youth~
his cell today, Sunday, April 5, 2015. NOTE: [CCTV footage reflects~
not coming out of his cell on Sunday, AprilS, 2015.] Officer Joes stated she did not see
Youth out of the cell at all on Sunday, April 5, 2015. Investigator George
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asked if the youth received meals when they are on lockdown. Officer Joe stated yes,
when youth are on lockdown they receive breakfast, lunch and dinner in their cells
NOTE: [Aith~ confinement check forms for April 3 and April4, 2015 does not
reflect Y o u t h - receiving meals; Y o u t h - did receive his breakfast, lunch
and dinner trays on those days when not documented.] Officer Joe continued to say,
anytime a youth that is on confinement comes out of the cell, the youth are out alone.
Youth who are on lock down also receive leisure by themselves. The time the youth on
confinement receives their leisure is up to the officer as long as the youth on
confinement receive their hour.
Officer Joe's interview was digitally recorded and copied to a compact disc that was
listed on DJJ 01 Receipt for Property Number 0007, which is included in the case file
(See Exhibit RRRR-1 b). Officer Joe also submitted a written statement which is
included in the case file (See Exhibit G).
On April 5, 2015, at 1700 hours, Investigator Stidom interviewed Juvenile Correctional
Officer 2 Courtney Kelsey who reported he was posted in the intake area at Metro
RYDC. Per Officer Kelsey, he responded to a call for assistance on C-1 housing unit at
1150 hours. Officer Kelsey stated that he walked down to cell 103 where he saw Youth
on the floor and Lieutenant Brandon Waters was performing CPR on Youth
Officer Kelsey added that Nurse Wires was there with the AED. NOTE:
[Metro staff did not use the AED.] Officer Kelsey continued saying that Y o u t h was not responding. Officer Kelsey stated he recalled someone saying to call 911.
Officer Joe, the control room operator was told to call 911. The EMTs came and took
Youth to the hospital.
Investigator Stidom asked Officer Kelsey what else he observed. Officer Kelsey stated
that he saw Lieutenant Waters performing CPR on Youth Investigator
Stidom asked if the AED was present. Per Officer Kelsey, the AED was on the scene.
Investigator Stidom asked Officer Kelsey if he could recall the staff that went to the
hospital with Youth Officer Kelsey stated that Officer Mitchell went to the
hospital in the ambulance with Youth Investigator Stidom asked Officer
Kelsey if he could recall any of the other staff members that were present on the scene.
Officer Kelsey stated that Officer White, Officer Cooper and Officer Anderson were also
on the scene. Investigator Stidom asked Officer Kelsey if Y o u t h was discussed during briefing on April 5, 2015, at 0545 hours.
Officer Kelsey stated yes Youth was discussed during their shift
briefing. NOTE: [There was no formal briefing report typed for first shift on Sunday,
April5, 2015 only a handwritten report.] (See Exhibit DOD). Investigator Stidom asked
Officer Kelsey if he could recall who called for Lieutenant Waters to come to C-1 unit.
Officer Kelsey concluded by saying that it sounded as if it was Officer White who called
for Lieutenant Waters to come to C-1 unit 10-18 (translating to in a hurry/immediately).
Officer Kelsey's interview was digitally recorded and copied to a compact disc that was
listed on DJJ 01 Receipt for Property Number 0007 which is included in the case file
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(See Exhibit RRRR-2f). Officer Kelsey also submitted a written statement which is
included in the case file (See Exhibit H).

On April 5, 2015, at 1703 hours Senior Investigator George interviewed Nurse
Kawanna Wires. Nurse Wires stated medical staff received a call at 1148 hours from
C-Control that medical assistance was needed on C-1 housing unit. Nurse Wires got
her blood pressure cuff and stethoscope and ran to C-1 housing unit. When Nurse
Wires arrived Youth was lying on floor and Lieutenant Waters was
administering CPR. Checking for a pulse and heartbeat, Nurse Wires stated that she
did not find one and instructed the staff to call 911 (See Exhibit ZZ, CAD DeKalb County
Incident Detail) as she called for backup from other medical staff, calling Nurse Cook
and Dr. Flowers. Nurse Wires added she instructed security staff to continue CPR even
though Youth did not have a pulse or a heartbeat and pupils were none
reactive. NOTE: [Nurse Wires statement is a contradiction to what is heard on the
camcorder footage.] Nurse Wires is heard saying to the staff on the scene that Youth
- i s gone. Nurse Wires stated that she had a feeling that he was gone when
she arrived on the scene. The EMT arrived and needed information on Youth
Leaving the scene, Nurse Wires obtained Y o u t h - chart out of
medical and gave the needed information to the EMTs.
Nurse Wires stated the EMTs performed CPR, attempting to resuscitate Youth
The EMTs shocked Y o u t h - using the AED and transported Youth
to Grady Hospital. Nurse Wires stated that she asked several questions of
the
that were on the scene, "How long had he been down? What happened? And
who put him on the floor?"
Earlier that morning, Nurse Wires stated she passed out medication at approximately
1000 hours with Officer White (See Exhibit GGG, C-1
documentation, page
197). Nurse Wires reported that she woke Youth
for him to take his
medication. Nurse Wires added that Youth
was on confinement. Nurse
Wires says Y o u t h adding Y o u t h - was fine. Nurse Wires reflected on Youth
Youth. Y o u t h - returned to the facility because Y o u t h - failed
at a placement and came back to the facility during the latter part of February. Per
Nurse Wires Youth . Nurse Wires added that
Per Nurse Wires, Youth is a large
she was familiar with Youth youth and was always in altercations and in medical getting body sheets and was a
frequent flyer, a regular (repeat offender) at Metro. Nurse Wires stated Y o u t h was in the observation room earlier in the week for
(See Exhibit GGG,
page 185 and Exhibit HHH, SIR Staff Statement For the Record from Dr. Jerry E.
Jones).

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Nurse Wires stated that there was nothing out of the ordinary and things seems like a
regular work day. Nurse Wires was unsure as to why Y o u t h - would do this but
one day this
knew that Y o u t h - was angry and
ril 5, 2015). Youth was in the
and on
week (March 30, 2015 thru
confinement. Youth
was supposed to come off confinement today. Nurse
harmed himself on purpose. Nurse Wires concluded
Wires is unsure if Y
by saying that she takes all youth serious and you never know that one time.
Nurse Wires' interview was digitally recorded and copied to a compact disc that was
listed on DJJ 01 Receipt for Property Number 0007, which is included in the case file
(See Exhibit RRRR-1d). Nurse Wires also submitted a written statement which is
included in the case file (See Exhibit /).
At 1717 hours Investigator Stidom interviewed Juvenile Correctional Officer 2
Jessica Mitchell who was assigned as a floater on April 5, 2015. Officer Mitchell
stated that she arrived for duty late on Sunday, April 5, 2015 at 0645 hours and missed
shift briefing. Per Officer Mitchell, Lieutenant Waters notified C-Control to contact
medical to have medical staff to come to C-1 housing unit. Officer Mitchell stated that
medical arrived fast. Officer Mitchell continued to say that since she was already in CControl, she assisted Officer Joe with un-securing the unit doors for the staff responding
to C-1 housing unit and that she, Officer Mitchell, never responded to C-1 housing unit.
Per Officer Mitchell, Nurse Wires entered C-1 housing unit and ran off the unit
hysterically. Nurse Wires came to C-Control and told Officer Mitchell to call the EMTs
and Phyllis Cook, Nurse Manager at Metro RYDC. Once Nurse Wires advised Officer
Mitchell to contact those individuals, Nurse Wires returned back to the C-1 housing unit.
Officer Mitchell stated that at 1200 hours she gave the directives for all staff to secure
all of the youth on their assigned housing unit in their cells due to the nurse stating that
there was a possible suicide. Unsure of the time, Officer Mitchell added that she left CControl and headed to Main Control to contact all Associate Directors, Unit Managers
and the Captain of Security to notify them of the incident. In the process of calling the
administrative staff, Officer Mitchell stated the EMTs arrived on the scene. As the EMTs
were exiting the building with Youth J . - Officer Mitchell stated that she held
the door for them when she was advised by Lieutenant Waters to go on the medical
transport. Officer Mitchell stated that the EMTs continued to work on Y o u t h during the entire ride to Grady Hospital. Once arriving to the hospital, per Officer
Mitchell, Y o u t h - was taken straight to trauma. About five minutes after Officer
Mitchell notified Metro Control of their arrival to the hospital; a staff member from Grady
Hospital came out and told Officer Mitchell that the Y o u t h - time of death was
1232 hours.
Investigator Stidom asked Officer Mitchell if she recalled the time she was first notified
to call medical staff. Officer Mitchell stated that it was about 1153 hours (See Exhibit
GGG, C-1 logbook, page 79). Investigator Stidom asked Officer Mitchell if she could
recall who was on the scene when she arrived on C-1 housing unit. Officer Mitchell
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stated that she did not go to the scene of the incident. Investigator Stidom questioned
Officer Mitchell what is normally discussed during their shift briefing. Officer Mitchell
stated that unfortunately, she was late for briefing on April 5, 2015. Investigator Stidom
asked Officer Mitchell what are some of the things that are normally discussed in their
shift briefing. Officer Mitchell stated the supervisors discuss the youth that are on
confinement, the unit count, the youth that are escape risk, prior incidents, and
youth to keep from around each other and possible incidents and warning to be aware.
Investigator Stidom asked Officer Mitchell if she could recall the number of staff that
reported for duty on April 5, 2015. Officer Mitchell stated that she was unsure because
she reported late for duty. NOTE: [There was no formal post assignment written for
first shift on Sunday, April 5, 2015.]
Officer Mitchell's interview was digitally recorded and copied to a compact disc that was
listed on DJJ 01 Receipt for Property Number 0007 which is included in the case file
(See Exhibit RRRR-2u). Officer Mitchell also submitted a written statement which is
included in the case file (See Exhibit J).
On April 5, 2015, at 1720 hours Senior Investigator George interviewed Juvenile
Correctional Officer 2 Jackie Campbell who on April 5, 2015, was posted in the multipurpose area monitoring youth from the B-3 housing unit as they participated in an
Easter program. Sergeant Campbell says Lieutenant Waters gave instructions to
secure all youth in their rooms and to head to the C1 housing unit. NOTE: [According
to the documentation in Main Control logbook, page 34 the call was made at 1200 hours
to stop all radio communication.] (See Exhibit CCC). Sergeant Campbell said that
when he arrived on the C-1 unit he noticed Nurse Wires, Officer White and Sergeant
Kelsey headed in the direction of Y o u t h - room. Sergeant Campbell said as
he was approaching the Youth's room EMS advised everyone to back away as they
rendered aid.
Sergeant Campbell interview was digitally recorded and copied to a compact disc that
was listed on DJJ 01 Receipt for Property Number 0007, which is included in the case
file (See Exhibit RRRR-2v). Sergeant Campbell also submitted a written statement
which is included in the case file (See Exhibit K).
At 1729 hours, Investigator Stidom interviewed Juvenile Correctional Officer 1 Nikia
White who was assigned as the medical officer on April 5, 2015. Per Officer White,
medical staff received a call from C-Control room that medical assistance was needed
on C-1 housing unit at 1148 hours. Officer White stated when arriving on the unit,
Y o u t h - was on the floor and unresponsive. Nurse Wires went down on the
floor to check Y o u t h - pulse. Officer White went to retrieve a camcorder and
shortly returned with a camcorder and the AED. Officer White be~ the incident
as Lieutenant Waters performed chest compression on Y o u t h - (See Exhibit
FFFF, Camcorder footage timeline). After recording the incident for a short while,
Officer White asked Officer Cooper to relieve her of the camcorder.
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Investigator Stidom asked Officer White who was in C-1, cell 103 when she arrived.
Officer White, Officer Anderson and Lieutenant Waters were in Youth
room. Investigator Stidom asked Officer White about her job assignment I
post for April 5, 2015. Officer White stated her assigned post was the medical officer
(See Exhibit CCC, Main Control logbook, page 32) and she arrived on the scene when
Nurse Wires arrived. Investigator Stidom asked Officer White if Nurse Wires used the
AED. Officer White stated no, Nurse Wires went to call 911. Investigator Stidom asked
Officer White what she did when she gave Officer Cooper the camcorder. Officer White
responded by saying that she (Officer White) left the unit because she needed fresh air
and did not return to C-1 housing unit.
~to

Officer White's interview was digitally recorded and copied to a compact disc that was
listed on DJJ 01 Receipt for Property Number 0007 which is included in the case file
(See Exhibit RRRR-2g). Officer White also submitted a written statement which is
included in the case file (See Exhibit L).
At 1749 hours, Investigator Stidom interviewed Juvenile Correctional Officer 1
Michael Anderson at Metro RYDC. Officer Anderson stated that he was entering C-1
unit to relieve Officer Cooper for break at 1140 hours. Per Officer Anderson, Officer
Cooper was securing one group of youth in their cells to release another group of youth
for leisure. As Officer Cooper walked by the cell of Y o u t h - that is when Officer
Cooper saw Y o u t h - hanging with a jumpsuit tied around his neck suspended
from the sprinkler head. Officer Cooper then called for Lieutenant Waters, who was in
the dayroom of C-1 at the time, to come to assist with Y o u t h - Lieutenant
Waters and Officer Cooper went inside of Y o u t h - cell and unsecured Youth
from the sprinkler head and took the jumpsuit from around Youth neck. Lieutenant Waters instructed Officer Cooper to call medical staff and to dial 911.
and continued until
Lieutenant Waters began to perform CPR on Youth medical staff arrived on the unit.
Investigator Stidom asked Officer Anderson if he was present inside the cell while
Lieutenant Waters was~ CPR on Y o u t h - Officer Anderson stated
that he arrived in Y o u t h - cell after Lieutenant Waters called for medical staff.
Investigator Stidom asked if medical staff was on the scene when Lieutenant Waters
was performing CPR. Officer Anderson responded by saying that medical staff arrived
shortly after Lieutenant Waters began performing CPR. Investigator Stidom asked
about the action of the other staff. Officer Anderson concluded by saying Officer White
was recording the incident.
Officer Anderson's interview was digitally recorded and copied to a compact disc that
was listed on DJJ 01 Receipt for Property Number 0007, which is included in the case
file (See Exhibit RRRR-1 k). Officer Anderson also submitted a written statement which
is included in the case file (See Exhibit M).

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At 1749 hours, Senior Investigator George interviewed Lieutenant Brandon Waters.
Lieutenant Waters, the shift supervisor at Metro RYDC on April 5, 2015. Lieutenant
Waters said he was called to the C1 unit by Officer Cooper at 1145 hours to assist with
two combative youth in the day room. Lieutenant Waters reported it was almost time for
Officer Cooper's lunch break so he pulled Officer Anderson from another post to relieve
Officer Cooper. Lieutenant Waters stated when arriving on the unit he instructed
Officer Anderson and Officer Cooper to secure all the Youth in their rooms, while he
spoke with the youth who were non-compliant in the day room. Lieutenant Waters
rted moments later he heard Officer Cooper yelling for him to respond to Youth
cell (cell 103). Lieutenant Waters said when he responded to Youth
room Youth was hanging from the sprinkler head with his jump
suit tied around his neck. Lieutenant Waters reported he immediately released Youth
- a n d began CPR. Lieutenant Waters stated he gave instructions for the nurse
and EMS to be called. Lieutenant Waters advised he continued to do CPR on Youth
until medical professionals (Nurse Wires) responded.
Lieutenant Waters stated Y o u t h - was on a
and he
was going to get off of that plan on April 6, 2015, 0600 hours. NOTE: [There were
conflicting times documenting as to when Y o u t h - was to be released from
confinement. It was documented in the C-1 logbook that Y o u t h - was to be
released from confinement on April 4, 2015 at 1800 hours, April 5, 2015 at 1800 and
April 6, 2015 at 0600 hours. The confinement check form documents the youth being
released at 0930 hours on April 6, 2015 and the email from Dr. Richardson reflects
Y o u t h - being released on April 5, 2015 at 0930 hours.} (See Exhibit FFF,
Confinement Check Forms and Exhibit GGG, C-1 logbook, page 189.) Lieutenant
(See exhibit
Waters reported that Y o u t h Ill, Office of Quality Assurance Involvement Report for Youth When
Lieutenant Waters was asked did he give verbal instructions to Officer Cooper not to
leave the day room at any time while on post. Lieutenant Waters denied giving those
specific instructions. Lieutenant Waters said that he advised Officer Cooper to take all
youth in the day room with him while checking on the secured Youth on the unit. This
meant that the youth who were in the dayroom would have to follow Officer Cooper as
he conduct detex rounds. NOTE: [The common practice for conducting detex rounds
at Metro RYDC is for the security staff member that is posted to take the youth in the
dayroom with them around the unit as the rounds are being conducted.]
Lieutenant Waters' interview was digitally recorded and copied to a compact disc that
was listed on DJJ 01 Receipt for Property 0007, which is included in the case file (See
Exhibit RRRR-1d). Lieutenant Water also submitted a written statement which is
included in the case file (See Exhibit N).
On Monday, April 6, 2015, Investigator Stidom arrived at Metro RYDC and received a
copy of the Confinement Check Forms dated April 3, 2015 and April 4, 2015 for Youth
(See Exhibit FFF), CCTV footage, Camcorder footage and Special Incident
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Report (SIR) 2015-04283 (See Exhibit D). Per Special Incident Report (SIR) packet
#2015-04283, on April 5, 2015, while securing youth in their cells on C-1 housing unit,
Officer Adrian Cooper went to the cell of Y o u t h - - Youth was observed by Office Cooper and Lieutenant Waters with his jumpsuit tied around his
neck and hanging from the sprinkler. Officer Cooper, with the assistance of Lieutenant
from the sprinkler
Brandon Waters, went into the cell and unsecured Youth head. Lieutenant Waters began CPR until medical staff arrived.
On Monday, April 6, 2015, at 1308 hours Investigator Stidom and Senior Investigator
George interviewed Youth
who was housed in cell 105 of C-1 housing
1000 hours Y o u t h - woke up in cell 103
unit. Youth- stated at arou
and asked tor his 0900 hours snack. Youth- stated that y o u t h - kept
calling tor the unit officer because he was supposed to come ott of confinement the
d to Youth
morning of April 5, 2015 at 0930 hours. Officer Cooper did not re
calling him. As a result of the officer not responding, Youth
began
if he
to say that he was going to kill himself. Investigator Stidom asked Yout
could recall the time that Youth started saying that he was
ng to kill
himself. Youth- stated that it was around 1000 hours. Investigator Stidom asked
if this was before or after the nurse came to the unit to make her rounds. Youthstated this was before the nurse came. NOTE: [Based on the information provided and
the confinement check form, the documentation is consistent proving Nurse Wires
conducting medical round at 1000 hours.] (See Exhibit FFF and Exhibit GGG).
Per Youth- Youth
was in the dayroom when Y o u t h - came to
the cell door of Youth
and told him that some lady (later identified as SSP2
Charlene Smith) was on the phone and she said to take whatever he had around his
continued to say that Youth
walked back up to the
neck ott. Youth had something around his
dayroom and informed Officer Cooper that Youth
neck and Officer Cooper did not do anything. Youth
stated that 45 minutes had
passed before Officer Cooper came to check on Y
NOTE: [The youth
head counts and radio
were able to determine the time of day based off of the
checks.] Once the Officer Cooper came down and walked passed Y o u t h room, Officer Cooper went and got Lieutenant Waters.
Investigator George asked if Youth ~son locked down. Youth- stated
yes. Investigator George asked Yo~ it he could recall the number of times
Officer Cooper made rounds or detexed. Youth- stated that he was unsure and
continued to say that he saw Officer Cooper make rounds about 3 or 4 times adding
that Officer Cooper did not look into any of the cells. (See Exhibit JJJ, Detex Report for
C-1, Cell 103 for Thursday, April2, 2015 to Sunday, April5, 2015). Investigator George
asked Youth- it Officer Cooper had other youth checking on the youth tor him.
what SSP2 Smith
Youth stated no, Youth was telling Youth was saying. Youth- stated that Y o u t h - was telling Y o u t h - to
remove the item from around his neck and that she was going to ensure that he came
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off lockdown. Youth- continued to say that Youth
called
, told Y o u t h - to look at him. Youth
lady was on the phone.

who is sometimes
knows who the

Youth- continued to say that Officer Cooper came down and saw Y o u t h in his cell. Officer Cooper called for Lieutenant Water. Lieutenant Waters came in the
room and tried to see if Y o u t h - was up and that is when the nurse was called.
Once the nurse came the paramedics were called. Investigator George asked if Youth
- w a s responsive when Y o u t h - came to his cell. Youth- stated
that Y o u t h - was not saying anything. Investigator George asked Youthabout the routine of the officer when it comes to checking on the youth when on
lockdown. Per Youth if a youth call the officers, the officers will sometimes
come to check on that youth but the officers normally does not come check on the
youth.
Investigator Stidom asked Youth
about their recreation outside of the cell when
the youth are on lockdown. Youth
stated that if the youth are on lockdown, they
do not come out of the cell. Investigator George asked Youth- about the one hour
of leisure outside of the cell. Youth- stated that when youth are on lockdown, the
youth do not come out the cell at all until the youth are released from confinement.
Investigator Stidom asked Youth- about the shower process. Youth- stated
that the youth who are on lockdown shower last. Investigator Stidom asked Youth
to explain the process of what happens when a youth is on confinement when it
comes to receiving recreation and leisure time. Youth- stated that the youth on
confinement will just sit in their cells. Investigator Stidom asked if the coach or
recreational supervisors comes to their cells when the youth are on confinement. Youth
stated that he has been on lock down in the past and this was his first time
seeing the coach. Investigator Stidom asked Youth- how often the youth came
out of their cells. Youth- stated that the youth did not come out of their cells when
they are on confinement. Investigator Stidom asked Youth- if the mental health or
counseling staff visited the youth that are on confinement. Youth- stated that the
youth would see mental health and counseling staff only on the first day of their
confinement.
Because Youth called Youth
, Investigator Stidom asked
Youth- if he knew Youth
outside of the facility. Youth- stated yes.
Investigator Stidom asked Youth
if Y o u t h - said anything to him. Youth
-stated that their last conversation consisted of Y o u t h - mentioning how
Youth
had not seen his family in over a year. Investigator George asked if
Youth
has had visitation since he has been at Metro. Youth- stated he
did not
Y o u t h - had any visitors.
Y o u t h - interview was digitally recorded and copied to a compact disc that was
listed on DJJ 01 Receipt for Property Number 0007, which is included in the case file
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(See Exhibit RRRR-2b). Youth also submitted a written statement which is
included in the case file (See Exhibit 0).
On April 6, 2015, at 1327 hours, Investigator Stidom and Investigator
interviewed Youth
Y o u t h - is the youth who was
delivering messages from
P2
ith and Officer Cooper to Youth
Y o u t h - he was the last person to speak with Y o u t h - Youth
1m no.
wanted to know if he was coming off of lockdown and Lieutenant Waters tol
At or about 1110 or 1115 hours Youth told Youth to tell Officer
Cooper that he was going to kill himself and to call Lieutenant Waters. Y o u t h stated that he told Officer Cooper what Youth stated. When Lieutenant
Waters was called by Officer Cooper, Lieutenant Waters stated that he was 10-6.
Investigator George asked Y o u t h - what does 10-6 means. Y o u t h stated that 10-6 meant he (Lieutenant Waters) is busy. Ten minutes later, Lieutenant
Waters was still busy in the C-Control room. Per Y o u t h - Lieutenant Waters
could be seen sitting in C-Control room. NOTE: [Officer Duruebube confirmed this by
stating that Lieutenant Waters was in C-Control room as Officer Duruebube was
conducted C-Side recreation.]
Officer Cooper was on the phone with SSP2 Smith as SSP2 Smith was telling Officer
'-'"''JOJ ... r things to tell Y o u t h - in an effort to calm Youth
down. Youth
I telling Youth
stated that he was going back and forth to Youth
what SSP2 Smith was saying. During one of the trips to deliver a message,
observed Youth Standing on the wall with something tied
to remove the
around his neck. Y o u t h - stated that he asked Youth
item from around his neck. Youth
continued to ask Youth
to stop
began to encourage
to
tying items around his neck andY
think about his future and his mother.
Investigator Stidom asked Youth
what were some of the things Officer Cooper
Y o u t h - stated that Officer Cooper told
was to telling him to tell Youth
him to tell Youth
ith stated to take the items from around his
did not receive visitation that she would come to visit
neck and that if Youth
him and make sure Youth
was released from lock down. Y o u t h stated that after telling Yo
what SSP2 Smith said, he went back into the
dayroom area and sat down. Youth
continued to say that another un-named
rs and saw Y o u t h - with his head
youth went to his cell about 1120 or
over the sink, on the floor on his knees and drool was comin out of Y o u t h mouth. Y o u t h - stated that he went to Youth
door and was beating
and knocking on the door trying to get Youth
attention. Y o u t h stated that about 1130 hours he went to tell Officer ooper what he observed in Youth
- c e l l . Per Y o u t h - Officer Cooper called for Lieutenant Waters again
and Lieutenant Waters still did not respond to the unit. At 1135 or 1140 hours the lunch
trays for the youth arrived to the unit, Y o u t h - stated that Officer Cooper and
Officer Anderson were securing the youth, that were out in the day room, in their cells.
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During this time, that is when Officer Cooper saw Y o u t h - in his room. The staff
finally opened Y o u t h - door and he was dead.
Investigator George asked Y o u t h - it he could recall how often Officer Cooper
conducted rounds. Y o u t h - said that Officer Cooper had 6 or 7 youth in the
dayroom and that Officer Cooper never did a detex round. NOTE: [Officer Cooper
confirms this when Officer Cooper stated that he was unable to conduct detex rounds
due to having youth in the dayroom.] Investigator George asked it Officer Anderson
was in the dayroom. Y o u t h - said that he arrived around 1140 hours when it
was time tor Officer Cooper to go on break and the youth were being secured in their
cells. Investigator George asked Y o u t h - it he informed Officer Cooper when he
saw Y o u t h - with the item tied around his neck. Y o u t h - stated yes he
did inform Officer Cooper and Y o u t h - was still breathing. Officer Cooper called
Lieutenant Waters when he was still on the phone with SSP2 Smith. Investigator
George asked it Officer Cooper walked down the unit to check on the youth. Youth
stated no, not during the time he was out of his cell. Investigator George
asked it Officer Cooper conducted detex rounds. Y o u t h - stated no, the way that
Officer Cooper was taught at BJCOT is different from the other officers. The other
officers were taught to take the youth with them when they conduct their detex rounds
and now a cadet is placed on the unit with them. Investigator George asked about the
normal procedures of what the other security staff does when youth are in the dayroom.
Youth stated that the youth would go with the officer to conduct the detex
round. Y o u t h - assumed that Officer Cooper was taught to not detex at all.
Investigator George asked Y o u t h - where his cell located in com
cell. Y o u t h - stated he is in cell 2 and youth
(See Exhibit KKK, C-1 floor plan). Y o u t h - added that youth
constantly
wanted to talk about his deceased brother who was shot in the head back in January of
2015. Y o u t h - stated that he told Y o u t h - that he did not want to talk
about the death of Y o u t h - deceased brother. Youth and Youth
brother were in a placement together. Investigator George asked it Youth
talked about being depressed or not seeing his family. Per Y o u t h - it
Youth
was depressed, he did not show it. Youth was always
playing and joking with others and always talking about fighting someone and playing
basketball.
Investigator Stidom asked Youth
it he could recall how long Y o u t h was on confinement. Per Youth
Y o u t h - had been on confinement
since last Thursday, April 2, 2015
FFF). Investigator Stidom asked Youth
- a b o u t being on confinement. Y o u t h - stated that when a youth is on
confinement they do not come out of the cell. Investigator Stidom asked how long does
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that the youth do not even come out of the cell for showers. Y o u t h - stated that
the water to his and Y o u t h - cells was turned off last Friday, April 3, 2015.
Y o u t h - interview was digitally recorded and copied to a compact disc that was
listed on DJJ 01 Receipt for Pro~mber 0007, which is included in the case file
(See Exhibit RRRR-2a). Y o u t h - also submitted a written statement which is
included in the case file (See Exhibit P).
April 6, 2015, at 1407 hours, Investigator Stidom interviewed Social Service Provider
Charlene Smith. Per Ms. Smith she called Metro Control at 1128 hours on Sunday,
April 5, 2015 to ensure that Youth was released from confinement (See
Exhibit LLL, screenshot of SSP2 Smith cell phone from Sunday, April 5, 2015).
Investigator Stidom asked how long had y o u t h - been on confinement. Mrs.
Smith stated Y o u t h - had been on confinement since last Thursday, April 2,
2015. NOTE: [C-11ogbook page 184, at 2143 hours reflects Y o u t h - being on
confinement since 1820 hours, April1, 2015.] (See Exhibit GGG). Investigator Stidom
asked SSP2 Smith if she knew why Y o u t h - was on confinement. SSP2 Smith
stated that Youth ~an
Some o~
lnvesti ator Stidom asked
SSP2 Smith what would be some reasons to place Youth
in his cell. SSP2
Smith said on Friday morning, April 3, 2015, Youth
accidentally let out of
threaten the teacher and
his cell to go to education. Once in education Yo
PIT was used on Y o u t h - as he was being escorted out of education (See
Exhibit NNN). Investigator Stidom asked how long Youth had his
less than a week to address behaviors of
SSP2 Smith stated the youth was on his
concern as well as
but could not give a specific start date of the
NOTE:
[The Juvenile Tracking System (JTS) reflects Y o u t h starting on April1,
2015, 1344 hours.] (See Exhibit 888).
On Sunday, April 5, 2015, SSP2 Smith stated that she called Metro control and was
transferred to C-1 housing unit where she spoke with Officer Cooper about Youth
being released from confinement. SSP2 Smith added that she even
was to be released on
documented on the confinement sheet that Youth Sunday, April 5, 2015 at 0930 hours. SSP2 Smith continued to say that she even spoke
with the Lieutenant and Mental Health staff about this. SSP2 Smith added that Dr.
Lainey Richardson, the Clinical Director at Metro RYDC, sent an email on Friday, April
3, 2015 at 0958 hours about Youth being released from confinement on
Sunday, April 5, 2015 at 0930. (See Exhibit MMM, email from Dr. Richardson dated
Friday, April3, 2015 at 2158 hours).
Investigator Stidom conducted a review of the confinement check forms, C-1 logbook
documentation and an email referen~th while SSP2 Smith was
present. The release date for Youth on the confinement check form was
Monday, April 6, 2015 at 0930 hours. NOTE: [This contradicts the email and logbook
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documentation.] When SSP2 Smith saw the document, SSP2 Smith admitted that the
hand writing on the form showing the date and time for release of April 6, 2015 at 0930
hours from confinement belongs to her. The C-1 logbook, page 189 at 1204 hours
reflects Youth being released from confinement at 1800 hours on April 4,
2015. This entry reflects a change in the date and time initialed by SSP2 Smith. To
continue in the logbook at 1649 hours, on April 3, 2015 page 189 reflects Youth
confinement being extended to Monday, April 6, 2015 at 0600 hours. Finally,
there was an email from Dr. Lainey Richardson stating that Y o u t h - should be
release from confinement on Sunday, April 5, 2015, no later than 0930 hours. SSP2
Smith stated that she created the email and Dr. Richardson forwarded the email to
management staff.

Per SSP2 Smith, Y o u t h - was removed from
April 3, 2015. SSP2

on Friday,

.
SSP2 Smith continued to say that she spoke with Captain Lango about Y o u t h not completing the full 48 hours of confinement. On Saturday, April 4, 2015, SSP2
Smith stated that she phoned the facility to ensure that Y o u t h - received his
recreation time (See Exhibit LLL). SSP2 Smith stated that she spoke with Youth
- o n the phone at 1430 hours. SSP2 Smith informed Y o u t h - that she
documented on his confinement paper work the time his confinement should end.
SSP2 Smith continued to say that Lieutenant Waters was even notified of this via phone
by SSP2 Smith on the day of the incident. NOTE: [Lieutenant Waters contradict this
statement. Lieutenant Waters states he did not speak with SSP2 Smith on the day of
the incident.]
Per SSP2 Smith, she later spoke with Officer Cooper and he informed her that Youth
was lying on the floor in his cell not responding. After being informed of Youth
lying on the floor, SSP2 Smith spoke to Lieutenant Waters again about Youth
being released from confinement. Note: SSP2 Smith forwarded screen shots
of her phone call log to Investigator Stidom showing the times she phoned Metro RYDC
(See Exhibit LLL). Investigator Stidom asked SSP2 Smith if she knew of Youth
being seen by medical for
.

SSP2 Smith's interview was digitally recorded and copied to a compact disc that was
listed on DJJ 01 Receipt for Property Number 0007, which is included in the case file
(See Exhibit RRRR-1e). SSP2 Smith also submitted a written statement which is
included in the case file (See Exhibit Q).
At 1411 hours, Senior Investigator George interviewed Youth
Youth he was housed in cell 113 across from Youth
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running back and forth from the dayroom to
stated that he saw Youth
cell door. Youth
observed Youth
saying that Youth
stated
that
Youth
was telling Youth
was playing dead. Youth
what SSP2 Smith was saying. Y o u t h - was telling Y o u t h - to
at was around his neck off.
Youth submitted a written statement which is included in the case file (See
Exhibit R).
On Tuesday, April 7, 2015, at 1014 hours, Investigator Stidom interviewed SERT
Officer 1 Jerelyn Calhoun. Investigator Stidom questioned SEAT Calhoun about an
incident that took place on Thursday, April 2, 2015 in education involving Youth
SEAT Calhoun stated that she heard a commotion by the principal's office in
education. When she arrived on the scene, SEAT Calhoun stated that she observed
Y o u t h - who was standing in the hallway refusing directives from the staff to
walk to his cell, Lieutenant Waters who was standing by as Mr. Calloway (Unit Manager
at Metro AYDC) was calmly speaking with Y o u t h - giving him verbal directives
to comply with staff and SEAT Greene, who was holding the camcorder. Per SEAT
Calhoun, Y o u t h - was removed from Mrs. Lyle's classroom for making threats
towards Mrs. Lyles. Y o u t h - said, to Mrs. Lyles, tuck that bitch and he told her
that he hoped she died. SEAT Calhoun stated that Y o u t h - was also upset
because Mr. Calloway had Y o u t h - phone numbers, which were written on a
piece of paper and that SEAT Green was on the scene holding the camcorder. SEAT
SEAT Green cannot be
Calhoun added, that Y o u t h - stated that per his
around him. NOTE: [SERT Calhoun stated that SERT Members had not seen the
for Y o u t h - during the time of this incident.]
As Y o u t h - was being escorted out of education, Youth
continued to
be non-compliant, refusing to walk to C-Side. After Youth
stopped walking
and began to curse at the staff, Youth was secured in handcuffs at 0833
hours on April 3 2015
Exhibit NNN, SIR#2015-04287). According to SEAT
has a history of head butting, spitting and biting staff
Calhoun, Youth
therefore, Youth
was handcuffed. Once the youth was escorted to a cell on
the top tier of C-4 housing unit, Officer Montgomery was left on the unit with the youth.
SEAT Calhoun noted that Y o u t h - was screaming and furious that SEAT Green
was secured in a cell, Lieutenant
was on the scene. Shortly after Youth Waters returned to the cell in an attempt to remove the handcuffs. At that time, Youth
attempted to barge out of the cell. Lieutenant Waters and SEAT Lieutenant
Mitchell were able to secure Y o u t h - back into his cell.
Investigator Stidom asked if Y o u t h - m~attempts to
during this
incident. According to SEAT Calhoun, Y o u t h - did not self-. This was the only
incident where SEAT Green was involved with Youth for that day.
Investigator Stidom asked if Y o u t h - came out of the cell later that day. SEAT
came out of the cell after the
Calhoun stated that she is unsure if Youth incident. Investigator Stidom asked SEAT Calhoun what are her work hours. SEAT
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Calhoun stated that her schedule starts at 0745 hours. Investigator Stidom asked
SERT Calhoun if she received any information about Y o u t h - inSERT briefing.
SERT Calhoun stated the SERT does not have a shift briefing but received the
information from SERT Lieutenant Mitchell. SERT Calhoun concluded by saying that
Youth appeared to be fine on Saturday, April 4, 2015, at 1445 hours when
SERT conducted rounds on C-1 housing unit; Y o u t h - was on the phone and
appeared to be fine.
SERT Calhoun's interview was digitally recorded and copied to a compact disc that was
listed on DJJ 01 Receipt for Property Number 0007, which is included in the case file
(See Exhibit RRRR-2h). SERT Calhoun also submitted a written statement which is
included in the case file (See ExhibitS).
At 1126 hours, Investigator Stidom interviewed SERT Lieutenant Montrail Mitchell.
Investigator Stidom asked SERT Lieutenant Mitchell about the incident from Thursday,
April 2, 2015. Per SERT Lieutenant Mitchell the incident took place in education.
Captain Lango, SERT Green, SERT Calhoun and SERT Small, Sergeant Hightower
and two of the unit managers were present on the scene in education when Youth
-refused to go to his cell for a cool-off. While walking down the hallway to the
unit, Y o u t h - was placed in handcuffs for extra precaution until he was secured
in the cell. After Y o u t h - was secured in a cell, Lieutenant Waters went back to
remove the hand cuffs. Youth attempted to run out of the cell. SERT
Lieutenant Mitchell went back to assist with securing Youth in his cell as
Y o u t h - began to spit at SERT Lieutenant Mitchell. SERT Lieutenant Mitchell is
unsure who removed the cuffs from Y o u t h - but stated that Officer Montgomery
held the camcorder.
Investigator Stidom inquired about briefing for the SERT team. Per SERT Lieutenant
Mitchell, briefings are "done on the fly" and if possible at 1500 hours after education. A
was slid under the door of office over the weekend and
copy of Y o u t h was received on Monday morning, April 6, 2015. SERT Lieutenant Mitchell stated that
he remembered their interaction with Y o u t h - to give the youth time to make
decisions. SERT Lieutenant Mitchell added that the team knew of Y o u t h triggers and were aware of the youth's issues with SERT Green. SERT Lieutenant
Mitchell concluded by saying that Y o u t h - had a difficult time de-escalating.
SERT Lieutenant Mitchell interview was digitally recorded and copied to a compact disc
that was listed on DJJ 01 Receipt for Property Number 0007, which is included in the
case file (See Exhibit RRRR-2j). SERT Lieutenant Mitchell also submitted a written
statement which is included in the case file (See Exhibit T).
At 1206 hours, Investigator Stidom interviewed SERT Delance Green. SERT Green
recalled the incident in education from Thursday, April 2, 2015. When SERT Green
arrived on the scene, Captain Lango and Lieutenant Waters were speaking with Youth
SERT Green added that Y o u t h - should not have been out of his
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cell until 1800. Youth was in Mrs. Lyle's classroom boisterously using
asked another youth
profanity. Per SEAT Green, it was reported that Youth
was seated with intent to
to call Mrs. Lyles over to the area where Youth
physically assault Mrs. Lyles. While Youth
was bein escorted to the unit by
began to walk
other staff, SEAT Green was recording the rncr ent. Youth
slowly as the staff secured the youth in handcuffs. Once Youth
was on the
unit, Officer Montgomery was given the camcorder to continue recording until the
handcuffs were removed from Youth SEAT Green stated that Y o u t h - was aware of the time he was to come out of
his cell which was 1800 hours. Investigator Stidom asked SEAT Green if he knew why
Y o u t h - disliked him. SEAT Green stated that there was an incident that took
place before Thanksgiving of last year (See Exhibit 000, Mechanical Copy of SIR#
2014-12748) on November 14, 2014. Investigator Stidom asked SEAT Green if the
SEAT team conducted briefing before taking post. Per SEAT Green, they receive
information on the population report from SEAT Lieutenant Mitchell. SEAT Green
concluded by saying that SEAT Lieutenant Mitchell would pass on information or the
shift lieutenant will notify the SEAT team of any issues or concerns with the youth.
SEAT Green's interview was digitally recorded and copied to a compact disc that was
listed on DJJ 01 Receipt for Property Number 0007, which is included in the case file
(See Exhibit RRRR-2i). SEAT Green also submitted a written statement which is
included in the case file (See Exhibit U).
At 1252 hours Investigator Stidom interviewed Captain of Security Roy Lango Jr.
Captain Lango stated that he received a phone call on Sunday, April 5, 2015 from
Lieutenant Waters that he was short of staff. NOTE: [This confirms Lieutenant Waters
claim that he notified Captain Lango of the shift shortage.] Investigator Stidom
questioned Captain Lango about the details of the phone call he received from
Lieutenant Waters on Sunday morning, April 5, 2015. Per Captain Lango, at 0616
hours, on Sunday, April 5, 2015, Lieutenant Waters notified him that the shift would be
short of staff after the hold overs left the facility at 1000 hours. Captain Lango stated
that he informed Lieutenant Waters to notify the Administrative duty officer (ADO) Mr.
Robert Lowers, initiate the emergency callback procedure and to call him back once he
spoke with Mr. Lowers. Lieutenant Waters called back at 0629 hours saying that ADO
Lowers told Lieutenant Waters to begin the emergency call back process as well.
Investigator Stidom asked Captain Lango what was the staff to student ration. Captain
Lango stated that the staff to student ratio is 1 staff to every 10 youth when the youth
are out of the cell. Investigator Stidom asked about the shower process for the youth
that are on confinement. Per Captain Lango, the youth who are on confinement shower
after all the other youth have been put up for the evening. Investigator Stidom began to
question Captain Lango about the recreation and leisure time for the youth that are on
confinement. Captain Lango stated that the youth on confinement are to receive 1 hour
of activities. For the recreation time, the youth are to come out of the cell and for leisure
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activities to be conducted in the cells. NOTE: [A copy of the youth shower Jog was
secured and revealed Y o u t h - showered on Apri/4, 2015.] (See Exhibit PPP,
C-1 Shower Log for Apri/3 and Apri/4, 2015).
Investigator Stidom asked Captain Lango if he was aware of the
for Youth
Per Captain Lango, he was aware of the
for Y o u t h - Captain
Lango added that a copy of Youth was placed on the unit and
according to the shift briefing reports it was discussed in the shift briefings. The
stated that when Y o u t h - violates his
the youth is to serve 48 to 72 hours
of confinement time. Captain Lango stated that he was not sure if Y o u t h - was
scheduled to come off of confinement on Sunday, April 5, 2015 or Monday, April 6,
2015. Captain Lango stated in the past Lieutenant Waters would have called him back
if he was unsuccessful with additional staff coming in. On Sunday, April 5, 2015,
Captain Lango did not receive a call back from Lieutenant Waters. Captain Lango
stated that he was notified of the incident at 1203 hours, on Sunday, April 5, 2015 by
Officer Mitchell who called from Metro Control and he arrived at the facility at 1357
hours on Sunday, April 5, 2015.
Captain Lango's interview was digitally recorded and copied to a compact disc that was
listed on DJJ 01 Receipt for Property Number 0007, which is included in the case file
(See Exhibit RRRR-1f). Captain Lango also submitted a written statement which is
included in the case file (See Exhibit V).
At 1348 hours, Investigator Stidom re-interviewed Juvenile Correctional Officer 1
Adrian Cooper. Per Officer Cooper, he was posted on C-1 housing unit with 24 youth
on the day of the incident, April 5, 2015. Officer Cooper stated that there were 6 or 7
youth in the dayroom. Investigator Stidom asked Officer Cooper if he conducted a
detex round. Officer Cooper stated no, he did not conduct a detex round. NOTE: [The
detex report for C-1 housing unit reflects the last detex round on C-1 was conducted on
Sunday, April 5, 2015 at 0533 hours.] (See Exhibit JJJ) Officer Cooper added that if he
saw staff walking around, that he would ask them to come on the unit so that he could
conduct counts and his rounds. Officer Cooper stated that the youth assigned to his
unit were broken down into three groups and each group would be allowed out of the
cell for an hour and Officer Cooper would rotate the youth during his shift.
Officer Cooper stated he asked why Y o u t h - was not housed in the
to
another unnamed staff member, Officer Cooper could not remember who, adding that
the youth who was assigned to the
was only on routine observation. Officer
Cooper stated in the past, no one would take him seriously when he would call for
assistance. NOTE: [Interviews of the staff on shift from Sunday, April 5, 2015, shows
that Officer Cooper called Lieutenant Waters once over the radio and CCTV footage
reflects Lieutenant Waters responding to C-1 housing unit.] Per Officer Cooper he
called C-Control room. Officer Cooper stated Officer Joe answered the phone in CControl and informed him that Lieutenant Waters stated that the youth sometimes play
as if they are harming themselves. NOTE: [Officer Joe confirmed Officer Cooper
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calling the control room but denies telling Officer Cooper the above statement from
Lieutenant Waters.] Officer Cooper stated that SSP2 Smith called giving him a
message to pass on to Y o u t h - and as he informed SSP2 Smith that he could
not leave the dayroom due to being the only staff posted and having youth seated in the
dayroom. Officer Cooper stated that 15 to 20 minutes had passed since the first youth
informed him that Y o u t h - was down by the sink. Officer Cooper did not check
on Y o u t h - after being informed that he was on the sink due to youth being
unsecured in the dayroom.
Per Officer Cooper, he took post at 0545 hours, on April 5, 2015, (See Exhibit GGG,
page 196) as he tried to conduct rounds almost every hour but was unable due to
having youth out of their cells in the day room. Between 1120 hours to 1130 hours,
Officer Cooper stated that he received a phone call from C-Control room operator,
Officer Joe. According to Officer Cooper, he could not remember the essence of the
conversation. Once he ot off the phone with C-Control, SSP2 Smith called. Per
Officer Cooper, Youth
was going from the dayroom to the cell door of Youth
-informing Youth
of what SSP2 Smith was saying.
Investigator Stidom asked Officer Cooper if Y o u t h - informed him that Youth
had foam coming out of his mouth. Officer Cooper stated that Y o u t h did not tell him that. Officer Cooper continued to say that Y o u t h - was looking
into the cell of Y o u t h - as if it was a joking matter, saying that Y o u t h was on his knees. Officer Cooper did not check on Y o u t h - due to youth being
unsecured in the day room and single staffed.
Investigator Stidom asked Officer Cooper which field training officer (FTO) he worked
with during his on-the-job training (See Exhibit AAAA, Training Records). Officer
Cooper stated that he was never paired with an FTO before or after BJCOT. NOTE:
[The On-The-Job-Checklist for Officer Cooper is incomplete and missing the signatures
of the FTO, the training coordinator and the HR representative.] Investigator Stidom
asked Officer Cooper what happened after Y o u t h - was found. Officer Cooper
stated that 911 was called from the unit phone and that the dispatcher was asking
questions. Officer Cooper concluded by saying that he blacked out.
Officer Cooper's interview was digitally recorded and copied to a compact disc that was
listed on DJJ 01 Receipt for Property Number 0007, which is included in the case file
(See Exhibit RRRR-1 a).
On Wednesday, April 8, 2015, Investigator Stidom Interviewed Lieutenant Gregory
McDowell. Per Lieutenant McDowell, he was called to C-1 housing unit on Thursday,
April 2, 2015. When Lieutenant McDowell arrived on C-1 housing unit, Y o u t h was in cell 103
.
Lieutenant McDowell stated that he requested for Y o u t h as others staff members responded to the incident. SSP2 Davis
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responded to the unit
page 185).

for Y o u t h - (See Exhibit GGG,

Investigator Stidom asked Lieutenant McDowell who was the officer that was posted on
the unit. Lieutenant McDowell stated that Officer Ashley Martin was the staff that was
posted. Lieutenant McDowell continued to say that he moved Y o u t h - into the
and was unsure who moved Y o u t h - back into cell 103. Lieutenant
McDowell continued to say that when he returned back to education, SSP2 Smith was
in education and she spoke with him about Youth being revised.
Investigator Stidom asked Lieutenant McDowell why he did not complete an SIR for
Youthbehavior. Lieutenant McDowell stated that SSP2 Smith
informed him he did not need to complete an SIR due to Y o u t h - being on an
Investigator Stidom questioned Lieutenant McDowell who did he inform of this.
Lieutenant McDowell stated that Mr. Lowers, Captain Lango and others were informed
of this in the status report that was emailed at the end of his shift (See Exhibit LLL, Shift
Status Report email dated April 2, 2015).
.] Lieutenant McDowell continued to say that
SSP2 Smith did not want Y o u t h - in the
but he left Y o u t h - in
the cell. Lieutenant McDowell concluded

Lieutenant McDowell's interview was digitally recorded and copied to a compact disc
that was listed on DJJ 01 Receipt for Property Number 0007, which is included in the
case file (See Exhibit RRRR-1g). Lieutenant McDowell also submitted a written
statement which is included in the case file (See Exhibit W).
At 1216 hours, Investigator Stidom interviewed Youth
Per
Y o u t h - he was assigned to cell109 at the end of the hall on C-1 housing unit by
the exit door. Y o u t h - kept going back and forth from the dayroom to Youth
room checking on Y o u t h - Y o u t h - told Officer Cooper that
said that he was going to hang himself and that~ was
standing on the sink with something tied around his neck. Youth ~ed to
say that Officer Cooper then called the Social Service Provider 2 (SSP2), Mrs. Smith.
When Y o u t h - went back to tell Youth what SSP2 Smith said; Youth
was already on his knees with his face in the sink. Y o u t h - re-entered
the dayroom and informed Officer Cooper that Youth was not responding or
saying anything.

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Per Y o u t h - Y o u t h - went back to the dayroom and sat down for about
30 minutes before getting up again. Y o u t h - stated that he had to use the rest
room and asked Officer Cooper to have C-Control to unsecure his cell door, Youth
-walked to his cell to use the restroom. Per Y o u t h - he looked into the
cell of Youth and ~ was on his knees and Youth face was in the sink. Youth ~that Officer Cooper could not go check on
Y o u t h - because he was the only officer on the unit.
Y o u t h - interview was digitally recorded and copied to a compact disc that was
listed on DJJ 01 Receipt for Pro~mber 0007, which is included in the case file
(See Exhibit RRRR-2e). Y o u t h - also submitted a written statement which is
included in the case file (See Exhibit X).
At 1216 hours, Investigator Stidom interviewed Youth
-stated that he did not see the actual incident but he did hear Youth
on several occasions that he ( Y o u t h - was going to kill himself. Youth
continued to say that he was actually in his cell sleeping when the incident first
Youth
stated that he woke up and went to his cell door. Investigator Stidom
asked Youth
what cell was he housed in. Yo~ stated he is assigned to
cell 112 across rom Y o u t h - cell. Youth _.-continued to say that when
he went to his cell door he observed Lieutenant Waters performing CPR on Youth
There were other staff that were present. Youth- stated that he saw
Officer Copper recording the incident. Lieutenant Water~ing for someone to
call 911. Youth concluded by saying that Youth .
Y o u t h - interview was digitally recorded and copied to a compact disc that was
listed on DJJ 01 Receipt for Prop~umber 0007, which is included in the case file
(See Exhibit RRRR-2d). Youth also submitted a written statement which is
included in the case file (See Exhibit Y).
At 1424 hours, Investigator Stidom re-interviewed Lieutenant Brandon Waters who
was the shift supervisor on Sunday, April 5, 2015. Investigator Stidom questioned
Lieutenant Waters about his phone conversation with Captain Lango and Assistant
Director Robert Lowers (the Administrative Duty Officer for the weekend of April 4 and
April 5, 2015). Lieutenant Waters stated that he called Captain Lango after briefing
between 0630 and 0640 hours on Sunday, April 5, 2015 advising Captain Lango of the
staffing shortage that he was having at the facility saying that once the hold overs left
there would only be 16 staff members in the building. Per Lieutenant Waters, Captain
Lango advised him to call Mr. Lowers saying that it is possible the youth may have to be
fed on the unit but to call Mr. Lowers who is the ADO to see what he wants to do.
Lieutenant Waters added that he made contact with Mr. Lowers informing him of the
numerous programs and the challenges that the staff would be faced with throughout
the day due to staffing shortage. Per Lieutenant Waters, Mr. Lowers stated staffing isn't
a programing issue and to continue to run the day like normal, to call Captain Lango
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and implement the contingency plan. Lieutenant Waters continued to say that he called
Captain Lango back as Captain Lango advised him to go ahead and began calling other
staff. NOTE: [Lieutenant Waters did not call Captain Lango after the staff holding over
exited the facility.]
Lieutenant Waters stated at 0635 hours that he advised Officer Kelsey and Sergeant
Campbell to get the facility emergency red books to begin calling staff. Due to normal
operations, Lieutenant Waters was unsure if Sergeant Campbell and Officer Kelsey
made contact with all staff. Lieutenant Waters stated only two staff reported to the
facility to assist with security coverage. Investigator Stidom asked Lieutenant Waters
how many staff remained in the facility after the hold overs exited the building. Once
the staff that held over left the facility, Lieutenant Waters dropped below the minimum
staffing requirements of 29. Per Lieutenant Waters, there were 16 staff members
remaining and two staff responded by coming in making the count 18. Investigator
Stidom questioned Lieutenant Waters about the number of staff it would take to run the
shift. Lieutenant Waters stated that for first shift, it takes 29 staff members to run the
shift and 27 for second shift, when the youth go up to bed, the numbers drop down to
23. NOTE: [LOP 8. 1, Security Management states that there are to be 29 security staff
to exclude the shift Lieutenant on duty.] (See Exhibit WWW-1, WWW-2).
A subsequent staffing analysis was conducted by DJJ's Division Of Operations and
Compliance which reflects a total of 39 staff needed to run first shift. (See Exhibit
WWW-2, Metro RYDC- Staffing Analysis). Investigator Stidom asked Lieutenant
Waters if he knew the number of staff members that Officer Kelsey and Sergeant
Campbell were able to make contact with. Per Lieutenant Waters, Sergeant Campbell
stated he called all staff in the book and was only able to make contact with Officer
Tommie Brown who stated that he was unable to come in today. Officer Kelsey never
gave a particular number of the staff that he called but stated that he called from the
intake phone and other phones in the building attempting reach staff.

Investigator Stidom asked Lieutenant Waters if he could recall what role each staff
member played in the attempt to save Y o u t h - Lieutenant Waters stated that
Officer Cooper unsecured the cell door as they entered at the same time lifting Youth
to relieve the pressure from the neck of Youth Youth was then placed on a flat surface as Lieutenant Waters performed CPR. Officer Kelsey
responded but exited to get help. Officer Anderson was there on the side of Youth
kneeling. Officer White arrived with the medical staff, Nurse Wires and held
the camcorder until she became emotional. Officer White then gave Officer Cooper the
camcorder to continue recording. Nurse Wires was also present with the AED and the
blood pressure cup. Nurse Wires checked the pulse of Y o u t h - and looked
over to Lieutenant Waters as she said he was gone. Nurse Wires advised staff to call
911 and Nurse Wires proceeded to exit the room. Investigator Stidom asked Lieutenant
Waters if the AED was used on Y o u t h - Lieutenant Waters stated the AED
was not used.
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Lieutenant Water's interview was digitally recorded and copied to a compact disc that
was listed on DJJ 01 Receipt for Property Number 0007, which is included in the case
file (See Exhibit RRRR-1d). Lieutenant Water also submitted a written statement which
is included in the case file (See Exhibit N).
At 1456 hour, Investigator Stidom interviewed Social Service Provider 2 Charlene
Smith for a second time. SSP2 Smith was able to provide Investigator Stidom screen
shots from her cell phone reflecting the times Metro RYDC was called to have Youth
released from confinement. (See Exhibit LLL). The screen shots provided
reflect phone calls beginning on Friday, April3, 2015 at 2111 hours to C-1 housing unit.
In addition to the above, SSP2 Smith was able to provide a copy of an email that was
sent from the Clinical Director at Metro, Dr. Lainey Richardson. (See Exhibit MMM)
This email was sent to: Jamaal Bowens, Berice Abrams, Rachel Carter, Rochelle
Duncan, Steven Seroyer, Elaine Thorn, Charlene Smith, Ashley Davis, Edlove JeanBaptiste, Kellan Jenkins, Kenneth McGee, Roberta Woods, Sara Rosenbaum,
Shameka Beasley, Soloman Berewa, Tracy Young, Margarette Redding, Selma
Calloway, Valerie Wallace-Kitchens, Yolanda Wilkson, Gregory McDowell, Edward
Jones, Roy Lango, Mario Ellison, Natakeya Page, Brandon Waters, Travis Woody,
Katrina Zillner, Beverly Hastings and Robert Lowers informing them that Youth
is to be released from confinement on Sunday, April 5, 2015 at 0930 hours.
NOTE: [The confinement check form is documented with SSP2 Smith's handwriting
indicating that Y o u t h - will be released from confinement on Monday, April 6,
2015 at 0930 hours.] SSP2 Smith phoned the facility on Saturday, April 4, 2015 at
10:24 hours calling Metro Main Control room speaking to Officer Joe and at 1428 hours
to C-1 housing unit speaking with Y o u t h - NOTE: [There is no evidence to
support that the calls from SSP2 Smith were related to Y o u t h - being released.]
On Sunday, April 5, 2015, SSP2 Smith phoned the facility multiple times beginning at
1128 hours calling C-1 housing unit speaki with Officer Cooper. Per SSP2 Smith, an
un-na~, later identified as Youth
was going from the day room to
Y o u t h - room telling Youth
~ing. The youth returned
to the~ saying to Officer Cooper that Y o u t h - is on the floor and that
Youth was not trying to hear it. At 1135 hours, C-Control was phoned and
SSP2 Smith, admitting she had an attitude, spoke to Lieutenant Waters about the youth
being released from confinement.
NOTE:
[This contradicts Lieutenant Waters
statement, Lieutenant Waters stated he never spoke with SSP2 Smith.] At 1143 hours,
SSP2 Smith called Metro Main Control room. At 1150 hours, Metro Control was called
again as SSP2 Smith was unable to get through to anyone on the C-side of the building.
At 1157 hours C-Control was phoned and was on the line for 35 seconds. Finally at
1203 hours SSP2 Smith phoned C-Control again and did not get an answer. SSP 2
Smith stated that she did not feel right and got in her car and drove to the facility only to
learn that Y o u t h - had committed suicide.

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Per SSP2 Smith, Y o u t h . Investigator Stidom
asked if Y o u t h . SSP2 Smith stated
no,
. Investigator Stidom asked SSP2
Smith if she was aware of the incident that Y o u t h - had on Thursday, April 2,
2015. SSP2 Smith stated that she is aware of the incident, adding the SSP1 Davis
SSP2 Smith continued by saying
that she wrote in the log book on C-1 housing unit, the day and time that Youth
should have been released from confinement and that she spoke with Captain
Lango multiple time about Y o u t h - being released from confinement. SSP2
Smith concluded by saying that the internet was down at the facility on Sunday, April 5,
2015.
SSP2 Smith's interview was digitally recorded and copied to a compact disc that was
listed on DJJ 01 Receipt for Property Number 0007, which is included in the case file
(See Exhibit RRRR-1e).
At 1556 hours, Investigator Stidom interviewed Coach Rennard Wallace. Per Coach
Wallace, Y o u t h - stated that an email was sent to staff stating what time he
should have been released from confinement on Sunday, April 5, 2015. Coach Wallace
added that Y o u t h - stated that he was to be released at 0930 hours. Coach
Wallace continued by saying Youth should have been released from
confinement earlier that day, April 5, 2015. Coach Wallace stated that he walked over
to C-1 housing unit to hold the door as multiple staff walked in and out of the unit.
Coach Wallace stated that he arrived at work on Sunday, April 5, 2015 at 0945 hours
and conducted 3 groups of recreation. Investigator Stidom showed Coach Wallace the
confinement sheet for Youth for Sunday, April 5, 2015 (See Exhibit FFF,
dated April 5, 2015). Investigator Stidom asked Coach Wallace if he documented the
1130 hours' time on the confinement sheet. Coach Wallace stated no, that was not his
hand writing. NOTE: [It was documented on the April5, 2015 confinement check sheet
for Y o u t h - that he had recreation/leisure time at 1000 hours and documented
in C-1 unit logbook that recreation/leisure time was conducted at 1000 hours. It was
documented again that Y o u t h - had recreation and leisure time at 1130 hours.]
The evidence is clear that the 1130 hour recreation time that is documented on the
confinement sheet did not occur. However, we were unable to determine who made this
notation on the confinement check sheet.
Coach Wallace's interview was digitally recorded and copied to a compact disc that was
listed on DJJ 01 Receipt for Property Number 0007, which is included in the case file
(See Exhibit RRRR-2y). Coach Wallace also submitted a written statement which is
included in the case file (See Exhibit Z).
On Monday, April 13, 2015, at 1245 hours, Investigator Stidom interviewed Associate
Director of Security Robert Lowers who arrived at the facility at 1230 hours on April
5, 2015. Per Mr. Lowers, he is unsure of the time that Lieutenant Waters called but
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stated that Lieutenant Waters informed him that once the holdovers left there would only
be 16 staff members left on duty. Mr. Lowers stated that he advised Lieutenant Waters
to call Captain Lango and to implement the contingency plan for additional staff.
Investigator Stidom asked Mr. Lowers, how many staff it takes to run the facility. Mr.
Lowers stated that it takes a total of 29 staff to run the facility. NOTE: [Per Lieutenant
Waters and Captain Lango, the phone call took place between the hour of 0615 hour
and 0630 hour.}
Investigator Stidom asked Mr. Lowers if he was aware that Youth . Looking at his work cell
phone, Mr. Lowers stated that he did not receive a Glad You Ask (GYA) informing him
of an incident involving Y o u t h - and added that he will check his computer after
this interview to ensure he did not receive one. After checking his phone, Mr. Lowers
only confirmed that he received an email from SSP2 Smith about~
Mr. Lowers stated that he did not receive a GYA about Yout
NOTE: {This is conflicting with an email that was sent by Shift
Lieutenant Gregory McDowell to Mr. Lowers and other members of the management
team where it is documented that Y o u t h on the April
2, 2015 Shift Status Report.] (See Exhibit QQQ) Investigator Stidom asked Mr. Lowers
Mr. Lowers stated that the youth
why was Y o u t h - not housed in the
being placed in the
.
Investigator Stidom asked Mr. Lowers about the staffing at Metro RYDC. Per Mr.
Lowers, the facility is short 26 JC01, 7 JC02 and 1 lieutenant. Mr. Lowers advised
Investigator Stidom to speak with AOM, Mrs. Gwendolyn Weston for the accurate
number of vacancies, staff members that are on family medical leave, sick leave and
suspension.
NOTE:
[As noted in an email from Mrs. Gwendolyn Weston,
Administrative Office Manager, there are a total of (30) vacant Juvenile Correctional
Officer 1 positions; (7) vacant Juvenile Correctional Officer 2 positions; (2) vacant
Lieutenant positions; (5) Juvenile Correctional Officer 2 on family medical leave; (1)
security staff member on suspension, (6) cadets are in Basic Juvenile Correctional
Officer Training (BJCOT) and (4) cadets are waiting to attend BJCOT.] (See Exhibit
RRR, Secure Facility Status Reports) Mr. Lowers added that all shifts are below their
minimum. Mr. Lowers stated that the contingency plan is used to get additional staff to
come in. Investigator Stidom asked Mr. Lowers about the number of Field Training
Officers that are at Metro. Mr. Lowers stated that the facility currently has 2 or 3.
Investigator Stidom requested a copy of the last two copies of the weekly Secure
Facility Report and the Compstat Report.
Mr. Lowers' interview was digitally recorded and copied to a compact disc that was
listed on DJJ 01 Receipt for Property Number 0007, which is included in the case file
(See Exhibit RRRR-2h). Mr. Lowers also submitted a written statement which is
included in the case file (See Exhibit BB).

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At 1500 hours, Investigator Stidom interviewed Regional Principal Dr. Jerry Jones for
Metro RYDC. Per Dr. Jones, on Thursday, April 2, 2015, there was a big fight that
morning when he arrived at Metro RYDC. Dr. Jones stated that he went to the unit to
conduct assessment on the youth who were in their cells. If the youth were calm, Dr.
Jones would advise the Lieutenant to release the youth back to education. While
walking and looking in every cell on C-1 housing unit, Dr. Jones observed Youth
in cell 103,
Dr. Jones informed Officer Dodson of what he saw. Per Dr.
Jones, Officer Dodson opened the door and stood there. Dr. Jones stated that he went
into the cell and removed

. Once staff responded, all of the youth's items were removed from the cell and
it was explained to the youth why the items were taken.
Dr. Jones stated that he advised Officer Dodson to complete an SIR and informed
Officer Dodson that he would complete his statement. (See Exhibit HHH). Once Dr.
Jones completed his statement, he had a copy of the statement scanned and sent to his
email and he gave the original to Lieutenant Gregory McDowell. Dr. Jones stated that
Lieutenant McDowell informed him that his statement was not needed and that the
incident had already been taken care of. Dr. Jones stated that he also notified his
immediate supervisor, Dr. Audrey Armistad of the incident who also advised him to
complete a statement. Investigator Stidom asked Dr. Jones if he was on the unit when
the SSP2 arrived. Dr. Jones stated that the SSP2 was not on the unit when he was
there. Investigator Stidom asked Dr. Jones if he was aware of the disagreement that
Lieutenant McDowell had with the SSP2 about Y o u t h - being housed in the
Dr. Jones stated that he was not aware of a disagreement.
Investigator Stidom asked Dr. Jones if he had any additional information that could be
valuable to this investigation. Dr. Jones stated that he did not. Investigator Stidom
asked Dr. Jones had he had previous contact with Youth Dr. Jones
concluded by saying that he spoke with Y o u t h - previously and that the youth
was concerned with the court not being able to prove what he was being charged with.
Dr. Jones' interview was digitally recorded and copied to a compact disc that was listed
on DJJ 01 Receipt for Property Number 0007, which is included in the case file (See
Exhibit RRRR-2n). Dr. Jones also submitted a written statement which is included in
the case file (See Exhibit AA).
On Tuesday, April 14, 2015 at 1332 hours, Investigator Stidom interviewed Unit
Manager Selma Calloway, unit manager at Metro RYDC. Per Mr. Calloway, he did not
remember who advised him to do so but remembers on Sunday, April 5, 2015 going to
check the sprinkler closet in the C-Side Sally port to check if the water was on. Mr.
Calloway stated that when he entered the sprinkler closet on April 5, 2015 at 1755
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hours, he observed the water valve was off. Investigator Stidom asked if he know who
cut the water to the sprinkler off. Mr. Calloway stated that he did not know.
Mr. Calloway's interview was digitally recorded and copied to a compact disc that was
listed on DJJ 01 Receipt for Property Number 0007, which is included in the case file
(See Exhibit RRRR-1 i). Mr. Calloway also submitted a written statement which is
included in the case file (See Exhibit CC).
At 1345 hours, Investigator Stidom interviewed CGL Employee Sean Simpson. Per
Mr. Simpson, CGL staff went to C-1 housing unit Friday, April 3, 2015 to repair the
sprinklers in several of the cells as required by the work orders. After the repairs were
complete the water was turned on to ensure that there were no leaks. According to Mr.
Simpson, once CGL determined the sprinklers were working properly; the water to the
sprinklers was left on.
Mr. Simpson's interview was digitally recorded and copied to a compact disc that was
listed on DJJ 01 Receipt for Property Number 0007, which is included in the case file
(See Exhibit RRRR-2m). Mr. Simpson also submitted a written statement which is
included in the case file (See Exhibit DO).
At 1356 hours, Investigator Stidom interviewed CGL Employee Duane Griffith. Per
Mr. Griffith, as a result of work orders that were generated in the system, CGL reported
on Friday, April 3, 2015 to C-1 housing unit to repair a few sprinkler heads that had
been popped. NOTE: [CCTV footage reflects CGL in the sprinkler closet on April 1,
2015 at 1158 hours.] The water was already cut off to the entire unit's sprinkler system.
Investigator Stidom asked Mr. Griffith if he knew who had access to the sprinkler closet.
Mr. Griffith stated that the officers and CGL had a key to the sprinkler closet but he was
not sure if any managers had the key. Mr. Griffith concluded by saying he was unsure
who was the last staff to exit the sprinkler closet but the water was left on Friday, April 3,
2015.
Mr. Griffith's interview was digitally recorded and copied to a compact disc that was
listed on DJJ 01 Receipt for Property Number 0007, which is included in the case file
(See Exhibit RRRR-21). Griffith also submitted a written statement which is included in
the case file (See Exhibit EE).
On Friday, April 17, 2015, at 0843 hours, Investigator Stidom re-interviewed Officer
Courtney Kelsey. It was determined via CCTV footage Officer Kelsey went into the
sprinkler closet on Friday morning, April 3, 2015 to turn the water off due to a youth
attempting to pop the sprinkler. Officer Kelsey stated that the water was already
switched off when he entered the closet. Investigator Stidom asked Officer Kelsey
about the documentation process when a youth pops the sprinkler in the cell. Officer
Kelsey stated that maintenance is notified through a work order and an SIR is complete.
Note: [There was no logbook documentation or SIR complete reflecting this.]

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Officer Kelsey's interview was digitally recorded and copied to a compact disc that was
listed on DJJ 01 Receipt for Property Number 0007, which is included in the case file
(See Exhibit RRRR-2f). Officer Kelsey also submitted a written statement which is
included in the case file (See Exhibit H).
In an effort to determine when the repairs to the sprinkler heads were complete, on
Monday, April 20, 2015, at 1202hours, Chief of Investigation John Pearson and
Investigator Stidom interviewed CGL Employee Sean Simpson. Explaining the
process, Mr. Simpson stated the work order for the sprinkler system on C-Side of Metro
RYDC shows complete on Friday, April 3, 2015 at 1313 hours. (See Exhibit SSS, CGL
Metro Work List). Mr. Simpson stated that he checks the request in the Maintenance
Connection system on the computer. Once in the system, Mr. Simpson stated that he is
able to view the work order and if they are complete. Mr. Simpson is unsure who enters
the information but admitted that he was on the scene when the sprinklers on C-1
housing unit were being repaired. Mr. Simpson stated that he only works at Metro
RYDC and recalls leaving at 1430 hours the day the sprinkler was repaired. Mr.
Simpson said that he believed the day the repairs took place was either Thursday, April
2, 2015 or Friday, April 3, 2015. CGL staff could not be observed making the repairs on
April 2, 2015 or April 3, 2015.
Mr. Simpson admits that the CCTV system at Metro is malfunctioning there are issues
with the date and time of some of the DVRs. (See Exhibit TTT, On-Going Maintenance
Issues, Metro). Mr. Simpson recalls that after lunch the repair of two sprinkler heads on
C-1 housing unit being completed the day the work was done. The work order was not
closed out until the work was completed. In order to ensure the work was done
correctly, Mr. Simpson stated the water was turned back on allowing the water pressure
to build back up in the pipes to ensure there were no leaks. Due to some of the pipes
being replaced, Mr. Simpson stated this job took more than an hour to complete. Mr.
Simpson was sure that two sprinkler heads were completed on C-1 housing unit that
day. NOTE: [At 1218 hours, Mrs. Joan Quinn-Cannon, Director of Engineering for the
Department of Juvenile Justice joined the interview.]
After a review of maintenance documents, Mr. Simpson stated that CGL employee
Duane Griffith could have possibly entered the information into the system and added
that the information is automatically time stamped. Mr. Simpson was informed that the
CCTV footage does not reflect CGL staff entering the sprinkler closet on C-Side Friday,
April 3, 2015. Mr. Simpson stated that the work could have been complete on
Thursday, April 2, 2015. Mr. Simpson was adamant that the work was complete adding
that he and Mr. Griffith were together when the task was complete. Mr. Simpson stated
that he was unsure if someone else cut the water off. NOTE: [At 1238 hours, Mr. David
Parham, Director of Maintenance for the Department of Juvenile Justice joined the
interview.] It was explained that the work being closed in the system has nothing to do
with the date that the work was complete. Being closed meant that all charges
associated with the repair could be paid. It was also added that if the sprinkler was
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broken that it would beep in the control room until the system is reset. And once the
water is cut off, the system does not work.
Mr. Simpson's interview was digitally recorded and copied to a compact disc that was
listed on DJJ 01 Receipt for Property Number 0007, which is included in the case file
(See Exhibit RRRR-2m).
On Monday, April 20, 2015, at 1254 hours, in an attempt to determine when the repair
to the sprinkler was completed, CGL Employee Duane Griffith was interviewed by
Chief Pearson and Investigator Stidom. Mr. Griffith stated that once the process is
complete, the CGL staff will exit to the shop and close the work order out. Mr. Griffith
stated that the sprinklers on C-side were repaired on Friday, April 3, 2015 after lunch
between the hours of noon and 1300. NOTE: [CCTV footage reflects the work being
completed on Wednesday, April 1, 2015.] Mr. Griffith stated that when the work was
being done that there were no youth or staff on the unit. CGL has keys to enter the unit
but the control room operator would have to unsecure the cells. Mr. Griffith added that
the timer was off on the DVR system and it may have been a day or two off as well. Mr.
Griffith stated that CCTV footage would reflect him being in the sprinkler closet. NOTE:
[It was determined that two of the three DVRs on the C-Side of Metro RYDC were not
functioning properly. The time line of the event was generated by a combination of the
logbook documentation, the DVR that was functioning correctly and other independent
time sources.]
Mr. Griffith's interview was digitally recorded and copied to a compact disc that was
listed on DJJ 01 Receipt for Property Number 0007, which is included in the case file
(See Exhibit RRRR-21).
Mrs. Joan Quinn-Cannon provided Investigator Stidom with documentation reflecting
the Tyco; model TFP PHS, 5.6 K-factor, Institutional Horizontal Sidewall Sprinkler as the
sprinkler head that was in cell 103, C-1 housing unit on Sunday, April 5, 2015. It was
also noted, as a result of the water to the sprinkler system being off (the sprinkler
system was not charged) no alarms would have sounded and no water would have
been released from the sprinkler head. (See Exhibit JJJJ, Tyco Documentation). In
addition to the above, a copy of pages 913 thru 916 from the National Fire Alarm and
Signaling Code Handbook 2010 were also forwarded to Investigator Stidom from Mrs.
Quinn-Cannon. It is noted on page 914, section 9.6.1.6 that when the sprinkler system
is down that a fire watch system should be in place involving actions beyond normal
staffing. (See Exhibit KKKK, Life Safety Code Enabling References, page).
At 1523 hours, Investigator Stidom interviewed Social Service Provider 1 Ashley
Davis at Metro RYDC
. Per SSP1 Davis, on Thursday, April 2, 2015,
she responded to C-1 unit where Y o u t h - was in cell 103
. SSP1 Davis stated that she tried to de-escalate the situation
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would not respond to her.
the staff not listening to him.

was upset about not receiving a shower and

SSP1 Davis' interview was digitally recorded and copied to a compact disc that was
listed on DJJ 01 Receipt tor Property Number 0007, which is included in the case file
(See Exhibit RRRR-2x). SSP1 Davis also submitted a written statement which is
included in the case tile. (See Exhibit FF).
On

Tues~

21, 2015, at 0934 hours, Investigator Stidom interviewed Youth
to determine what he observed on April 5, 2015. Per Youth
he was housed in room 108, in the last cell right side of C-1 housing unit.
say that
Youth
stated that on Sunday, April 5, 2015, he heard Youth
he was going to kill himsel~ stated that he heard Youth
telling
Officer Copper that Youth ~ing to hang himself. Youth
stated
that he was in his cell on confinement the day of the incident. Youth
added
that he called Youth
a drama queen because he always pi
rming
himself. Youth
concluded by saying Y o u t h - would bite the inside of
his mouth and make his nose bleed and put it on the window so the security staff could
take him out of the cell.
Y o u t h - interview was digitally recorded and copied to a compact disc that was
listed on DJJ 01 Receipt tor Property Number 0007, which is included in the case tile
(See Exhibit RRRR-2c). Y o u t h - also submitted a written statement which is
included in the case file (See Exhibit GG).
On Thursday, April 23, 2015, at 1309 hours, Investigator Stidom interviewed Juvenile
Correctional Officer 2 Kervin Matthews, a second shift sergeant at Metro RYDC. Per
Sergeant Matthews, he is unsure of the unit but a youth was in his cell attempting to pop
the sprinkler on Thursday evening, April 2, 2015 at 2150 hours and he was advised by
the shift lieutenant, Lieutenant Mario Ellison to go into the sprinkler closet and cut the
water ott. Investigator Stidom asked Sergeant Matthews it he could explain the process
of what would happen next after the water is cut ott in the sprinkler closet. Sergeant
Matthews stated that the supervisors is notified of the situation by the unit officer and
will give the staff member the keys to the sprinkler closet. Once the water is ott, CGL is
notified and the youth is moved out of the room where the sprinkler has been popped.
Investigator Stidom asked it this was the process that was followed on April 2, 2015.
Sergeant Matthews stated that he was not sure but this is the protocol and a disciplinary
report should be completed by the unit officer. NOTE: [There is no Discipline Report or
SIR to support this event.]

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Sergeant Matthews' interview was digitally recorded and copied to a compact disc that
was listed on DJJ 01 Receipt for Property Number 0007, which is included in the case
file (See Exhibit RRRR-1j). Sergeant Matthews also submitted a written statement
which is included in the case file (See Exhibit HH).
At 1328 hours, Investigator Stidom re-interviewed SSP2 Charlene Smith to determine
why the mental health progress note dated April 5, 2015 for ~ was not
entered in to JTS in a timely manner.
. Investigator Stidom asked why Y o u t h was in his cell on confinement. SSP2 Smith stated that Y o u t h - was removed
from education about 3 or 4 times in one day and he flooded his cell. Investigator
Stidom asked SSP2 Smith about the OBHS Progress Note that was entered into JTS
after Y o u t h - was deceased. (See Exhibit UUU, Mental Health 08HS Progress
Note). SSP2 Smith stated she remembered that she did not enter the OBHS Progress
Note from Friday, April 3, 2015 and she panicked calling Mental Health Intern Mrs.
Woods on Sunday, April 5, 2015 and asked her to enter the OBHS Progress Note.
NOTE: [JTS reflects the 08HS Progress Note being entered into the system at 1207
hours on Sunday, April 5, 2015, 48 hours later, rather than the 24 hour requirement by
DJJ Policy.] This note was entered by Mental Health Intern Roberta Woods. SSP2
Smith stated that there was no malice intent when this was done. SSP2 Smith continue
to add that on Friday, April 3, 2015 she was also multi-tasking and preparing to exit the
building when she asked MH Intern Mrs. Woods to also document that Y o u t h was removed from level 2 since the intern, Mrs. Woods, was going into the control
room.
SSP2 Smith's interview was digitally recorded and copied to a compact disc that was
listed on DJJ 01 Receipt for Property Number 0007, which is included in the case file
(See Exhibit RRRR-1e).
On Friday, April 24, 2015, at 1400 hours, Investigator Stidom interviewed Mental
Health Intern Roberta Woods.
Mrs. Woods continued to say that on Sunday,
April 5, 2015, adding that she was unsure of the time; she received a call from SSP2
(See Exhibit
Charlene Smith asking her to enter a crisis note for Youth UUU). Mrs. Woods stated that she entered the information that SSP2 Smith told her to
and she read it back to SSP2 Smith and read to her the SOAP (Subject, Object,
Assessment and Plan) notes as well.
Investigator Stidom asked Mrs. Woods if she had DJJ Network Access. Mrs. Woods
stated yes, she logged in under her name and entered the crisis note under the name of
SSP2 Smith. Investigator Stidom asked Mrs. Woods if SSP2 Smith informed her of the
incident involving Y o u t h - Unsure of the time, Mrs. Woods stated no, she was
not informed of the incident until Dr. Richardson, Clinical Director at Metro, notified her a
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few hours later on Sunday, April 5, 2015. Mrs. Woods continued to say that she could
tell that SSP2 Smith was panicking about something and was on her way to the facility.
Mrs. Woods was asked about her contact with Youth
Mrs. Woods stated that
but has spoken to the youth
she has not done any counseling with Youth
when she conducts confinement rounds. Youth
was not disrespectful and she
saw him on Friday, April 3, 2015 but did not speak with him. Investigator Stidom asked
Mrs. Woods if she received any training over DJJ policies and procedures before
starting her internship at Metro. Mrs. Woods stated yes she had received the On-TheJob training at Metro.
NOTE: [Mrs. Woods insisted on making contact with Dr. Richardson before making a

verbal or written statement and was advised by Investigator Stidom that she could not
call Dr. Richardson and reminded her of DJJ Policy 22.3, Internal Investigations.]
Mrs. Wood's interview was digitally recorded and copied to a compact disc that was
listed on DJJ 01 Receipt for Property Number 0007, which is included in the case file
(See Exhibit RRRR-1 k). Mrs. Woods also submitted a written statement which is
included in the case file (See Exhibit //).
On Friday, May 1, 2015, at 1352 hours, Investigator Stidom re-interviewed Lieutenant
Brandon Waters to determine if he was contacted by Officer Cooper that he needed
assistance. Per Lieutenant Waters he went to C-1 housing unit a couple of times on
Sunday, April 5, 2015. NOTE: [CCTV Footage reflects Lieutenant Waters on C-1
housing unit at the following time(s): 0900 hours; 1054 hours and 1145 hours. Logbook
documentation reflects Lieutenant Waters being on the unit at 0600 hours.] Lieutenant
Waters admit that he did not go to the cell of~ Lieutenant Waters stated
that he never received a call about Youth ~fficer Cooper via two-way
radio. Lieutenant Waters added that whenever he is called he responds. Lieutenant
Waters denied saying to Officer Cooper that 'youth do self-harm all the time.'
Lieutenant Waters stated that Officer Spann was the only security holdover that he
authorized to leave before 1000 hours on Sunday, April 5, 2015. NOTE: [This is a
conflicting statement with the statement of Officer Duruebube and Sergeant Dillard who
held over on Sunday, April5, 2015.] Lieutenant Waters continued to say that the officer
(Officer Duruebube) holding over on C-1 housing unit asked if he could leave early but
Lieutenant Waters told the officer no. Per Lieutenant Waters, Officer Duruebube even
tried to leave early when he was taking out the trash. Lieutenant Waters stated that he
responded to C-1 housing unit when there was a youth returning from recreation that
was non-compliant with the staff directives.
Lieutenant Waters' interview was digitally recorded and copied to a compact disc that
was listed on DJJ 01 Receipt for Property Number 0007, which is included in the case
file (See Exhibit RRRR-1 d).
At 1414 hours, Investigator Stidom re-interviewed Juvenile Correctional Officer 2
Jackie Campbell to determine if he heard Officer Cooper call for Lieutenant Waters
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over the two way radio. Sergeant Campbell stated that he did not know that Officer
Cooper was having a difficult time on C-1 housing. Investigator Stidom asked Sergeant
Campbell if he recalls hearing Officer Cooper calling for assistance over the radio.
Sergeant Campbell stated that he did not hear Officer Cooper call for assistance or
Lieutenant Waters. Sergeant Campbell stated that he was in the multi-purpose area
with a group of youth monitoring a program when he heard the call over the two-way
radio to return all youth to their unit. Sergeant Campbell added that he did not hear a
call for Lieutenant Waters to report to C-1 housing unit that day, Sunday, April 5, 2015.
Investigator Stidom asked Sergeant Campbell who gave authorization for the staff hold
over to exit the building. Sergeant Campbell stated that he is not authorized to release
hold over staff. Sergeant Campbell continued to say that the normal process is that
staff will work 16 hours and exit the building to end their tour of duty. NOTE: [After the
incident on Sunday, AprilS, 2015, Sergeant Campbell was posted on C-1 housing unit.
It is documented in C-1 log book that Dr. Ruenetta Flowers, Part- Time Physician at
Metro RYDC and Registered Nurse Phyllis Cook, Nurse Manager at Metro RYDC
entered ce/1103.] (See Exhibit GGG, C-1 logbook, page 198).
Sergeant Campbell interview was digitally recorded and copied to a compact disc that
was listed on DJJ 01 Receipt for Property Number 0007, which is included in the case
file (See Exhibit RRRR-2v).
At 1421 hours, Investigator Stidom re-interviewed Juvenile Correctional Officer 2
Jessica Mitchell to determine if she authorized any of the hold overs to exit the facility
on Sunday, April 5, 2015. Per Officer Mitchell, she did not hear Officer Cooper call for
assistance nor did Officer Cooper inform anyone that he needed assistance on C-1
housing. The only call Officer Cooper made for assistance was when the two youth
were non-compliant at 1145 hours, right before Youth was discovered.
Officer Mitchell stated that when Officer Cooper called for assistance, Officer Cooper
had two youth who refused to go to their cells and the time was about 1140 hours when
this happened.
Investigator Stidom inquired about authorizing the hold over staff to exit the facility for
the day. Officer Mitchell stated that she did not give authorization for anyone to go
home. Officer Mitchell continued to say that she does not make any decisions and only
does what is asked of her. Investigator Stidom asked Officer Mitchell if she knew how
many times 911 was dialed. Officer Mitchell stated that 911 was dialed twice by her and
someone from the unit. Officer Mitchell added when she called 911, the dispatcher
informed that they already had the call and that someone was on the way.
Officer Mitchell's interview was digitally recorded and copied to a compact disc that was
listed on DJJ 01 Receipt for Property Number 0007, which is included in the case file
(See Exhibit RRRR-11).

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At 1433 hours, Investigator Stidom re-interviewed Juvenile Correctional Officer 1
Nitarren Joe to determine if Officer Cooper phoned C-Control room. Per Officer Joe,
she worked in C-Control room on the day of the incident, April 5, 2015. Officer Joe
stated that Officer Cooper called her in the control room earlier that morning and
informed her that he was in distress on the unit and did not think that he was going to
make it. Officer Joe stated she asked Officer Cooper if he was having problems with
the youth; per Officer Joe, Officer Cooper stated no. Officer Joe advised him every
officer that returns from POST feels like they are not going to make it and to call her if
he needed anything.
Investigator Stidom asked Officer Joe if Officer Cooper called the control room and
informed her that he was having problems with any of the youth on the unit. Officer Joe
stated Officer Cooper called the control room asking her what to do if he had a youth on
and that youth wanted to pop the sprinkler. Officer Joe stated that she told Officer
Cooper to let the youth pop the sprinkler and sit in the cell and clean it later when he,
Officer Cooper, got a chance to allow the youth to clean the cell. Officer Joe continued
to say that Officer Cooper never stated who the youth was that was attempting to pop
the sprinkler. Officer Joe denies Officer Coope~he control room or via two way
NOTE: [This confirms the
radio that he needed assistance with Youth statements of other staff working the day of the incident, no one heard Officer Cooper
calling for assistance over the two-way radio.] Investigator Stidom asked Officer Joe if
she informed Officer Cooper that "youth play like that all the time." Officer Joe denied
making that statement.
Investigator Stidom asked Officer Joe if she knew who authorized the hold overs to exit
the building the day of the incident. Officer Joe stated that the hold over staff had to get
permission from the shift lieutenant, Lieutenant Waters before going home. Lieutenant
Waters would give the hold over staff authorization to exit their post and Officer Joe
would not accept their equipment without them being authorized by Lieutenant Waters
to leave. NOTE: [Officer Joe's statement conflicts with Lieutenant Waters. Lieutenant
Waters state that he did not give staff authorization to exit their post.] Adding that it was
about 0940 hours when Officer Duerbebe left, Officer Joe stated the staff could only be
held until 1000 hours, to work a total 16 hours. Officer Joe concluded by saying being
short staff and the staff leaving at 1000 hours is a common practice here at Metro.
Officer Joe's interview was digitally recorded and copied to a compact disc that was
listed on DJJ 01 Receipt for Property Number 0007, which is included in the case file
(See Exhibit RRRR-1 b).
On Monday, May 4, 2015 at 1344 hours, Investigator Stidom interviewed Dr. Lainey
Richardson, Clinical Director/Psychologist at Metro RYDC. Investigator Stidom
asked Dr. Richardson who would be responsible for assigning a

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). NOTE: [Dr. Richardson searched through her LOPs
on the computer while the interview was in progress and changed the "will be" to "may
be housed" in the
(See Exhibit VVV-2, L.O.P. 12.21 dated April29, 2015
-April 29, 2016). Dr. Richardson added that Y o u t h - was not on a level the
day of the incident.

.
Dr. Richardson's interview was digitally recorded and copied to a compact disc that was
listed on DJJ 01 Receipt for Property Number 0007, which is included in the case file
(See Exhibit RRRR-2o). Dr. Richardson also submitted a written statement which is
included in the case file (See Exhibit JJ).
At 1741 hours, Investigator Stidom interviewed Juvenile Correctional Officer 1
Ashley Martin for more details on the
incident that Y o u t h - had on
April 2, 2015. Per Officer Martin, she was assigned to C-1 housing unit on April 2,
2015. Officer Martin stated that she could hear Youth saying the staff took
him as a joke and thought his actions were a game. Officer Martin assured Youth
- t h a t she did not think that way.
Officer Martin added that Captain Lango and
Lieutenant McDowell responded to the unit when she called for assistance.
Officer Martin stated that she spoke with Lieutenant
McDowell and advised him that she did not feel comfortable with Y o u t h - being
in cell 103 and asked Lieutenant McDowell to move the youth to the
Lieutenant
McDowell did move Y o u t h - to the
NOTE:

Officer Martin's interview was digitally recorded and copied to a compact disc that was
listed on DJJ 01 Receipt for Property Number 0007, which is included in the case file
(See Exhibit RRRR-2q). Officer Martin also submitted a written statement which is
included in the case file (See Exhibit KK).

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At 1828 hours, Investigator Stidom interviewed Juvenile Correctional Officer 2
Monica Daugherty, who was posted in Main Control Room on April 5, 2015. Per
Officer Daugherty, on Sunday, April 5, 2015 she did not hear a call for assistance over
the two way radio from C-1 housing until the incident took place involving Youth
Investigator Stidom asked Officer Daugherty about the holdover exiting the
building. Officer Daugherty stated that normally when holding over, the staff usually
stays between two and two and a half hours despite the fact that staff could be held up
to four hours. The supervisor on duty would be the one to give authorization for the
staff to exit their post. Officer Daugherty is unsure if any of the holdover staff exiting the
building spoke with Lieutenant Waters.
Officer Daugherty's interview was digitally recorded and copied to a compact disc that
was listed on DJJ 01 Receipt for Property Number 0007, which is included in the case
file (See Exhibit RRRR-2t). Officer Daugherty also submitted a written statement which
is included in the case file (See Exhibit LL).
On Tuesday, May 5, 2015, at 1828 hours, Investigator Stidom re-interviewed Captain
Roy Lango, Jr. to determine if he had assisted with shift shortage at Metro RYDC. Per
Captain Lango, he has held over to assist with shift coverage and has come in to assist
with visitation and other events at the facility. (See Exhibit XXX, Kronos time card for
Captain Lango). Captain Lango stated that he was promoted to Captain of Security
February 6, 2015. Captain Lango stated that he is responsible for making the security
schedule and the month of April was his first time completing the schedule. Captain
Lango stated that a copy of this schedule was given to Mr. Lowers and the unit
managers.
NOTE: [A review of Captain Lango's time card from March 5, 2015 to April 5, 2015
revealed Captain Lango worked a total of 251 hours and 30 minutes. From March 16,
2015 to April 3, 2015, Kronos time clock reflects Captain Lango working evel)l day,
most scheduled work days working an average of 10 plus hours.] The mean was taken
from those 30 days.

Captain Lango's interview was digitally recorded and copied to a compact disc that was
listed on DJJ 01 Receipt for Property Number 0007, which is included in the case file
(See Exhibit RRRR-1f). Captain Lango also submitted a written statement which is
included in the case file (See Exhibit V).
At 1616 hours, Investigator Stidom re-interviewed Associate Director of Security
Robert Lowers to determine if he has assisted with staff shortages at Metro RYDC in
the past.. Per Mr. Lowers, he has come in to assist with staff shortage and
programming in the past. Captain Lango made the schedule for April and Mr. Lowers
along with the unit managers reviewed the schedule. Mr. Lowers stated that he was
aware of all shifts being short staffed. Mr. Lowers stated that he advised the shift
lieutenant, Lieutenant Waters, to call Captain Lango about the staffing shortage and to
begin the callback procedure for staff. Mr. Lowers continued to say that he never
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received a call back. Investigator Stidom asked Mr. Lowers why he did not report to the
facility. Mr. Lowers stated that he trusted the staff since he did not receive a call back
from the shift lieutenant. (See Exhibit YYY, Kronos time card for Mr. Lowers).
NOTE: [A review of Mr. Lowers time card from March S, 201S to AprilS, 201S revealed

Mr. Lowers worked a total of 204 hours and 30 minutes. On average Mr. Lowers
worked 8 Y2 hours days and some days were less. The weekend of April 4, 201S
Kronos time card reflects Mr. Lowers reporting to Metro RYDC at 1447 hours and
leaving at 1640 hours. On Sunday, AprilS, 201S, Mr. Lowers arrived at Metro RYDC at
1230 hours and exited on Sunday, AprilS, 201S at 2336 hours.] The mean was taken
from those 30 days.
Mr. Lowers' interview was digitally recorded and copied to a compact disc that was
listed on DJJ 01 Receipt for Property Number 0007, which is included in the case file
(See Exhibit RRRR-1h). Mr. Lowers also submitted a written statement which is
included in the case file (See Exhibit 88).
On Wednesday, May 6, 2015, at 1735 hours, Investigator Stidom interviewed Juvenile
Correctional Officer 2 Carolyn Dillard of Metro RYDC. Per Sergeant Dillard, she held
over on Sunday, April 5, 2015 and was posted in the intake area. Sergeant Dillard
stated that she left the facility between 0830 and 0900 hours. Investigator Stidom
asked Sergeant Dillard did she speak with a supervisor before she exited the building.
Sergeant Dillard stated that Lieutenant Waters gave her the all clear to leave the facility.
NOTE: [Evidence shows that Lieutenant Waters stated that he only authorized one staff
member to exit the building on Sunday, AprilS, 201S conflicting with Sergeant Dillard's
statement about who authorized staff to exit the building when held over.] Sergeant
Dillard stated that she normally hold over in intake and does not recall being relieved by
Sergeant Kelsey. Sergeant Dillard concluded by saying that she always receives
permission from a supervisor before exiting her post.
Sergeant Dillard's interview was digitally recorded and copied to a compact disc that
was listed on DJJ 01 Receipt for Property Number 0007, which is included in the case
file (See Exhibit RRRR-2w). Sergeant Dillard also submitted a written statement which
is included in the case file (See Exhibit MM).
At 1752 hours, Investigator Stidom interviewed Juvenile Correctional Officer 1
Celeste Collins, who held over on Sunday, April 5, 2015 at Metro RYDC. At first
Officer Collins did not recall holding over but recanted her story. Per Officer Collins she
was relieved of her duties on Sunday, April 5, 2015 by Sergeant Campbell and
Lieutenant Waters. Officer Collins added that it was around 0900 hours when Sergeant
Campbell told her that she could leave and Sergeant Campbell took her post with the
youth that were in the multi-purpose area. NOTE: [Evidence shows this is conflicting
with Lieutenant Waters' and Sergeant Campbell's statement about the authorization of
staff exiting the building when held over.] Officer Campbell stated that normally when
she holds over the supervisor would let her know if she can exit her post.
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Officer Collins' interview was digitally recorded and copied to a compact disc that was
listed on DJJ 01 Receipt for Property Number 0007, which is included in the case file
(See Exhibit RRRR-2s). Officer Collin also submitted a written statement which is
included in the case file (See Exhibit NN).
At 1804 hours, Investigator Stidom interviewed Juvenile Correctional Officer 2
Bartholomew Duruebube, who held over on Sunday, April 5, 2015 at Metro RYDC.
According to the post assignments documented in the Main Control room logbook,
Officer Duruebube was assigned to work C-1 housing unit with Officer Cooper.
Per
Officer Duruebube, he was assigned to C-1 housing unit but was conducting recreation
and other task as directed by Lieutenant Waters, for the youth. NOTE: [CCTV footage
reflects Officer Duruebube entering and exiting C-1 housing unit multiple times.} Officer
Duruebube stated that Officer Cooper did not say anything about having any issues or
concerns with any of the youth assigned to C-1 housing unit. Investigator Stidom asked
Officer Duruebube if Officer Mitchell assisted with recreation for the youth. Officer
Duruebube stated no, Officer Mitchell and Lieutenant Waters were in C-Control room
while he was conducting recreation for the youth. NOTE: {C-Control logbook reflects
youth being escorted to recreation at 0707 hours to the time Officer Duruebube exited
the facility at 0948 hours.]
Officer Duruebube's interview was digitally recorded and copied to a compact disc that
was listed on DJJ 01 Receipt for Property Number 0007, which is included in the case
file (See Exhibit RRRR-2r). Officer Duruebube also submitted a written statement which
is included in the case file (See Exhibit 00).
On Wednesday, May 13, 2015, at 1146 hours, Investigator Stidom interviewed Former
Facility Director Pamela Mitchell. Per Ms. Mitchell, she was hired as the facility
director of Metro RYDC in July of 2013 and ended her tenure on February 26, 2015.
Ms. Mitchell stated there are multiple layers to the security chain of command. Those
layers consist of the Captain of security, the unit managers and the Assistant Director of
Security. Ms. Mitchell admitted that there were a significant number of vacancies but
added that the population of the youth was low stating that most days the population
was below 120 youth. Ms. Mitchell continued to say that there were staff that were out
on Family Medical Leave (FML) and suspension with about 20 vacancies. According to
Mrs. Mitchell, the staff that were out on suspension, on average per month, were out no
more than 30 days and a total of 5 staff from the JCO series were out on FML. Ms.
Mitchell continued to say that the holdovers were better some days than others, with an
average of 10 to 14 holdovers per day, per shift. Ms. Mitchell stated that she does not
recall not signing an LOP but cannot say for certain and that there should have been an
LOP with her signature on it, even if it was out dated. (See Exhibit VVV-1 and Exhibit
ZZZ-1, LOP 8.21, Counts and Control of Youth Movement).
Ms. Mitchell's interview was digitally recorded and copied to a compact disc that was
listed on DJJ 01 Receipt for Property Number 0007, which is included in the case file
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(See Exhibit RRRR-11). Ms. Mitchell also submitted a written statement which is
included in the case file (See Exhibit PP).

At 1423 hours, Senior Investigator George and Senior Investigator Batie interviewed the
Designated Mental Health Authority Tracy Young of Metro RYDC. Per Mrs. Young,
she is the Mental Health Coordinator at Metro RYDC.

According to Mrs. Young, her normal job
duties consist of the following: going to the management meeting, assignment of the
mental health youth to an SSP, ensuring Kronos time cards are correct and the LOPs
are up to date. The cell assignments are done by the SSPs in consultation with Dr.
Richardson and are documented in the logbook. Mrs. Young stated that she does not
do anything clinical; she is only the administrative assistant to Dr. Richardson.
Ms. Young's interview was digitally recorded and copied to a compact disc that was
listed on DJJ 01 Receipt for Property Number 0007, which is included in the case file
(See Exhibit RRRR-2p). Ms. Young also submitted a written statement which is
included in the case file (See Exhibit QQ).
On Tuesday, June 02, 2015, at 1318, Investigator Stidom arrived at Metro RYDC
receiving a copy of the facility's Fire Prevention Plan, LOP 8.41, from Sergeant Deonte
Wilson-Crawford. (See Exhibit LLLL-2).
At 1537 hours, Investigator Stidom interviewed Metro's Associate Director of
Programs Beverly Hastings. Per Mrs. Hastings, this was her first time hearing that
counseling staff did not conduct confinement rounds on Saturday, April 4, 2015. (See
Exhibit FFF). Mrs. Hasting continued to say that the normal process for conducting
weekend rounds is that the part-time counseling staff comes out on the weekend to
conduct groups and make confinement rounds to document this on the confinement
check form. Investigator Stidom asked Mrs. Hastings how long had she been employed
with DJJ. Mrs. Hastings stated that she began her career with the agency on January
2, 2015.
Mrs. Hastings' interview was digitally recorded and copied to a compact disc that was
listed on DJJ 01 Receipt for Property Number 0007, which is included in the case file
(See Exhibit RRRR-2z). Mrs. Hastings also submitted a written statement which is
included in the case file (See Exhibit RR).
On Thursday, June 4, 2015, at 1121 hours, Investigator Stidom conducted a phone
interview with Former Captain of Security Tamika Garner. Per Mrs. Garner her last
day as an employee at Metro RYDC was November 30, 2014. Mrs. Garner stated that
Lieutenant Edward Jones was the training coordinator at the Metro RYDC. Investigator
Stidom asked Mrs. Garner if she had knowledge of the OJT check sheets not being
complete. Mrs. Garner stated that she did not know this. Mrs. Garner continued to add
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that she would fill in during the absence of Lieutenant Jones and that he was
responsible for the completion of the OJT check sheets for all staff.
Mrs. Garner's interview was digitally recorded and copied to a compact disc that was
listed on DJJ 01 Receipt for Property Number 0007, which is included in the case file
(See Exhibit RRRR-2bb).
On Thursday, June 04, 2015, at 1349 hours, Investigator Stidom interviewed Juvenile
Detention Counselor (JDC) Steven Seroyer. Investigator Stidom questioned JDC
Seroyer about conducting confinement rounds on Saturday, April 4, 2015. Per JDC
Seroyer, he conducted rounds on C-1 housing unit but was not aware of any youth
being on confinement. (See Exhibit GGG, page 193). JDC Seroyer added that when
he was on the unit, Y o u t h - was out in the dayroom with other youth and there
were no signs or forms identifying any youth being on confinement. JDC Seroyer stated
that since the unfortunate incident, a process has been put in place where identifying
the youth who are on confinement is easier. JDC Seroyer stated that the confinement
sheets are now visible for the staff conducting the rounds.
JDC Seroyer's interview was digitally recorded and copied to a compact disc that was
listed on DJJ 01 Receipt for Property Number 0007, which is included in the case file
(See Exhibit RRRR-2aa). JDC Seroyer also submitted a written statement which is
included in the case file (See Exhibit SS).
On Friday, June 05, 2015, at 0621 hours, Investigator Stidom interviewed Lieutenant
Edward Jones. Per Lieutenant Jones, he was out on leave during the month of
December 2014 and does not have any knowledge of the OJT check sheets being
incomplete. Lieutenant Jones continued to say that after he failed POST Instructor
Training course for the second time, he was removed from the training position in
October of 2014.
Lieutenant Jones submitted a written statement which is included in the case file (See
TT).
At 1247 hours, Investigator Stidom and Chief John E. Pearson Sr., interviewed Former
Acting Training Lieutenant Travis Woody. Per Lieutenant Woody he began his
career with DJJ on September 16, 2014. In October, 2014 to February 2015 Lieutenant
Woody served in the role as the facility training lieutenant. Lieutenant Woody stated
that he was appointed to the position by the Former Facility Director, Pamela Mitchell.
Lieutenant Woody stated that he is now a shift lieutenant. Lieutenant Woody recalls
being asked by Unit Manager Valerie Wallace-Kitchen and Former Captain of Security
Tamika Gardner if he would be interested in the position. Lieutenant Woody stated that
he served in the marines for over 20 years where he assisted with training and
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Lieutenant Woody stated that 90 to 95 percent of the time, he would give the new
cadets a tour of the facility and ensure that the cadets completed their on-line trainings
before assigning them to a shift lieutenant. Lieutenant Woody was responsible for
registering the new cadets and other staff for their mandatory and annual in-service
trainings. Lieutenant Woody stated that he would introduce the new cadets to the
facility's reporting procedures, counts, how to escort a youth, the intake count, and the
agency's policies.
Investigator Stidom asked Lieutenant Woody if he has completed the POST Instructors
Training course. Lieutenant Woody stated that he had not. Lieutenant Woody
continued to advise that he completed the Field Training Officers (FTO) course this past
April, 2015 (See Exhibit AAAA).
Investigator Stidom asked Lieutenant Woody how
many FTOs were there at Metro RYDC. Lieutenant Woody stated during his tenure as
acting training coordinator, there were a total of two FTOs at Metro RYDC. Lieutenant
Woody stated that his work hours were Monday through Friday, 0800 hours to 1700
hours. Lieutenant Woody did not receive any formal training on being the facility
training coordinator. Per Lieutenant Woody, he did not have full knowledge of the FTO
program until he completed the course in April, 2015.
Investigator Stidom asked Lieutenant Woody if he had knowledge of Officer Cooper's
FTO check sheet being incomplete. Lieutenant Woody stated that Associate Director of
Security Mr. Lowers informed him of this after the incident. Lieutenant Woody added
that he was in BJCOT when Officer Cooper began his employment at Metro and was
unsure what staff was conducting the OJT training in his absence. According to
Lieutenant Woody, New Facility Director Shelia Dease is developing a new process for
cadets graduating from BJCOT. Lieutenant Woody admits that Officer Cooper did not
receive any additional training from the facility after BJCOT and that Officer Cooper was
placed on shift.
Lieutenant Woody admit that in the absence of a training lieutenant there maybe things
that did not happen and should have taken place (Documentation, post BJCOT training)
due to his not having the proper materials and knowledge of how to do so.
Lieutenant Woody's interview was digitally recorded and copied to a compact disc that
was listed on DJJ 01 Receipt for Property Number 0007, which is included in the case
file (See Exhibit RRRR-1k). Lieutenant Woody submitted a written statement which is
included in the case file (See Exhibit UU).
At 1351 hours, Investigator Stidom interviewed Regional Administrator (RA) Avenella
(Martha) Dalesio. Per Mrs. Dalesio she was temporarily assigned as the RA of Metro
RYDC in July or August of 2014 by Assistant Deputy Commissioner of Secure Facilities
Gary Tolar and was permanently assigned in March of 2015. Investigator Stidom asked
Mrs. Dalesio stated that her
Mrs. Dalesio what were her job responsibilities.
responsibilities were to supervise the director of the facilities that were assigned to her.
Prior to being assigned to Metro, Mrs. Dalesio understood that Metro did not do very
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well during the 2014 OCI Audit. Mrs. Dalesio stated that she was not present during the
2014 OCI Audit or debriefing and that she did not reviewing the complete results of the
audit. However Mrs. Dalesio did review the non-compliant standards. Mrs. Dalesio
added that there was a corrective action plan submitted by the former facility director
Pamela Mitchell.
The Administrative team, that was under the leadership of Pamela Mitchell, would write
their non-compliance standards, placing them in the appropriate folder for review. Mrs.
Dalesio would review these items with Director Mitchell and would randomly review with
Director Mitchell for checks and balances to ensure that steps were being taken to bring
the noncompliance areas back to compliance. Mrs. Dalesio stated that some of the
items were brought in compliance and other areas were not. Mrs. Dalesio added that a
facility could be incompliance one day and not incompliance the next depending on the
standard. Mrs. Dalesio stated all areas of the audit were concern to her. An example
used by Mrs. Dalesio was the SIRs not being entered in OQA within the 72 hour time
frame. The SIRs could be 100 percent in compliance this month and next month will be
out of compliance. Mrs. Dalesio continued to say that Mrs. Mitchell had the standards
individually in folders and would present them to her with supporting data showing what
she had done to get the facility back into compliance in the areas that were noted.
Investigator Stidom asked if she was notified of the staff shortage on the day of the
incident or in the past. Mrs. Dalesio stated that she was not notified. Mrs. Dalesio
continued to say that she would have gotten staff from other facilities that she
supervised to assist with coverage. Mrs. Dalesio added that she would come in to work
herself if no one was available to assist. Mrs. Dalesio stated that she did receive a copy
of the weekly reports from the facility reflecting the vacancies of Metro and the number
of holdovers. Mrs. Dalesio was unsure of the number of staff that were held over per
shift.
Investigator Stidom asked Mrs. Dalesio what was her role in the selection of the
individuals in the specialty positions (lieutenant trainer, key and tool control officers) at
the facility level. Mrs. Dalesio stated that she did not have anything to do with the
individuals that were selected in the facilities to fill the specialty positions. Investigator
Stidom asked Mrs. Dalesio if she had knowledge of the FTO program. Mrs. Dalesio
explained her understanding of the FTO program. However, Mrs. Dalesio was aware of
the inconsistency of the use of the 69 page booklet that should have been used to track
the officers' progress once he or she returns from BJCOT. Mrs. Dalesio stated that
Metro RYDC had a total of (3) FTOs in the facility.
Mrs. Dalesio was asked about the review of the LOP binder. Mrs. Dalesio stated that
there are certain LOPs that must have her signature on them. Mrs. Dalesio could not
recall the last time was that she saw the Policy/LOP binder and did not recall seeing
LOPs without signatures. Mrs. Dalesio stated that she did review some LOPs in
January, 2015 but cannot remember which ones. Mrs. Dalesio added that if the LOP
does not have the signature of the facility director then that LOP is not valid.
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Mrs. Dalesio was question about the role of the Designated Mental Health Authority
(DMHA) at Metro. According to Mrs. Dalesio, the DMHA is the individual in charge of
the mental staff and is the go to person for mental health. Ms. Young is the DMHA at
Metro and Dr. Richardson has the PhD. Per Mrs. Dalesio, the role of the DMHA varies
based on the facility. The role of the DMHA is to review the medication and the clinical
aspect of things within the facility.
Investigator Stidom asked Mrs. Dalesio if she knew how many staff were required to run
the shift at Metro. Mrs. Dalesio stated that for first shift it takes 29 or 27 staff and this
number is based on 200 beds. Mrs. Dalesio continued to say that she still should have
been called if there was a shortage of staff regardless of the circumstances. Mrs.
Dalesio stated that she was not informed of the staffing shortages of Easter Sunday
until after the incident had already taken place. Per Mrs. Dalesio, Mr. Lowers informed
her that they were trying to call in staff to come in after the incident took place.
Investigator Stidom asked Mrs. Dalesio about the corrective action plan for the staffing
shortage. Mrs. Dalesio stated that the administrative staff have been placed on shift to
assist with coverage; several units were closed down and she has requested for
overtime for staff from other facilities to come and assist and stated that she will call the
facility to check on the number of staff herself and is prepared to come in. Mrs. Dalesio
also stated that she call the facility to follow up and performs a double check and
balance.
Mrs. Dalesio's interview was digitally recorded and copied to a compact disc that was
listed on DJJ 01 Receipt for Property Number 0007, which is included in the case file
(See Exhibit RRRR-1 n). Mrs. Dalesio submitted a written statement which is included in
the case file (See Exhibit VV).
At 1547 hours Investigator Stidom interviewed Former Facility Director Pamela
Mitchell for a second time due to new evidence that has been garnered through this
investigation. Per Ms. Mitchell, she was the facility director at Metro RYDC from June of
2013 to February 2015. Investigator Stidom asked her about the appointing of
Lieutenant Travis Woody in the lieutenant trainer role. Ms. Mitchell stated that she did
not appoint Lieutenant Woody in the role of trainer. According to Ms. Mitchell,
Lieutenant Edward Jones was in the role of the trainer due to the prior experience that
Lieutenant Jones had and the fact that Lieutenant Jones worked with Former Training
Lieutenant Jade Jackson (who is no longer employed with the agency). When
Lieutenant Jones failed the POST Instructor Training course, Mr. Lowers suggested that
Lieutenant Woody be assigned to the training position due to Lieutenant Woody's
history of training in the military. Mr. Lowers suggested that Lieutenant Woody could
maintain the training files and other clerical duties associated with training. Ms. Mitchell
strongly stated that she never appointed anyone to the position and that the Office of
Training took over that position. NOTE: Lieutenant Woody indicated that he was
appointed as Metro RYDC training lieutenant by Former Facility Director Pamela
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Mitchell. Lieutenant Woody's signature can be found on Officer Cooper's OJT check
sheet as the lieutenant trainer.
Investigator Stidom asked Ms. Mitchell if she had knowledge of the FTO program.
According to Ms. Mitchell, she spoke with FTO Coordinator Richard Payne. Mr. Payne
informed Ms. Mitchell that the FTO Program was not fully functional. Ms. Mitchell added
that the reason why the FTO Program was not successful at Metro was because the
individuals that successfully completed the FTO training course were no long eligible
due to receiving EAD sanctions.
Investigator Stidom asked Ms. Mitchell who was responsible for the completion of the
OJT check sheet since the facility did not have a lieutenant trainer. Ms. Mitchell stated
that it was the responsibility of the facility captain, Tamika Garner. NOTE: [This is a
conflicting statement with Former Captain of Security Tamika Garner. Former Captain
of Security Garner stated in her interview that it was the responsibility if the lieutenant
trainer to complete the OJT check sheet. Former Captain of Security Garner had been
promoted to a new position at another facility before Officer Cooper began his career
with the agency.] Ms. Mitchell continued to stress that she did not have authority to
appoint any position to anyone and never the less Lieutenant Woody was assigned to
the training position by Mr. Lowers. Ms. Mitchell continued by saying that she did spoke
with Mr. Lowers about the assignment of Lieutenant Woody as the lieutenant trainer and
approved his assignment as the lieutenant trainer with the approval of the Former
Captain of Security, Mrs. Garner, as well.
Investigator Stidom inquired about Lieutenant Woody being POST IT certified. Ms.
Mitchell stated that Lieutenant Woody was not Post IT certified and was only assisting
with the clerical responsibilities. Neither did Lieutenant Woody attend the FTO training
while Mrs. Mitchell was the director of Metro RYDC. Investigator Stidom asked Ms.
Mitchell if she was aware that Officer Cooper OJT check sheet was incomplete. Ms.
Mitchell stated that she was unaware of Officer Cooper's OJT check sheet status. Ms.
Mitchell stated that Lieutenant Woody would not sign the OJT check sheet that Ms.
Garner would be responsible for that. NOTE: [Former Captain of Security Garner
transferred to Rockdale in November 2014 prior to Officer Cooper's employment.] Ms.
Mitchell also stated that Lieutenant Woody would have conducted the "pre" and "post"
BJCOT training for Officer Cooper. NOTE: [Lieutenant Woody was attending BJCOT
when Officer Cooper began his employment at Metro RYDC and could not have
conducted the ''pre" BJCOT training for Officer Cooper.] Ms. Mitchell continued to say
that Lieutenant Woody would not fall under her direct supervision. Ms. Mitchell advised
for investigations to take a look at the organization chart for Metro and we would see
that Lieutenant Woody falls in line with the Captain of Security and the Associate
Director of Security.
The Associate Director of Security did not report to Ms. Mitchell that the OJT check
sheets were incomplete. Ms. Mitchell became aware of the FTO program's failure by
FTO Coordinator Richard Payne. Ms. Mitchell stated that she was informed by Mr.
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Payne that she had too few FTOs in the facility for the program to be successful.
Investigator Stidom asked Ms. Mitchell if she had a plan of action to correct the problem
with FTO training. Ms. Mitchell stated that the Office of Training would offer addition
training classes allowing Metro the opportunity to send staff to receive their FTO
certification. In the meantime, the Captain of Security was assigned the task of
ensuring that cadets were assigned with a seasoned staff member to complete their
OJT. Captain Garner would be responsible for ensuring that cadet is placed with a
veteran officer to learn the practices and theory needed before attending BJCOT.
Ms. Mitchell was asked about her knowledge of Y o u t h - Ms. Mitchell stated
that she knew Y o u t h - was a large kid for his age and that Y o u t h - was
mainly housed on B-2 housing unit. Ms. Mitchell continued to add that she did not recall
Youth
being housed on C-1 housing unit. NOTE: [The Offender Face Sheet
for~
reflects Y o u t h - being on C-1 housing from February 23,
2015 to the
incident, AprilS, 2015.] (See Exhibit 8888-2) Ms. Mitchell added
that she remembers Y o u t h - being on a plan or behavior contract and having
some issues. Per Ms. Mitchell, Y o u t h - also got his finger slammed in the door
by staff. Y o u t h - was concerned with leaving the facility and felt that other
~e bothering him and Y o u t h - wanted to fight other youth. Youth
-according to Ms. Mitchell did not like the unit manager, Yolanda Wilson. Ms.
Mitchell stated that she would speak with Y o u t h - in the hallway and that Youth
stood out due to his size. Ms. Mitchell noted that there was a difference in B2 and C-1 housing unit. The structure of the unit is the same but the environment is
different. C-1 ho~it was the unit for the new intakes. Ms. Mitchell could not
recall when Y o u t h - arrived at the facility.
Investigator Stidom asked Ms. Mitchell about her role at Metro RYDC on the day of the
incident, April 5, 2015. Ms. Mitchell stated that she came to Metro because she was
asked to by Deputy Commissioner Chandler. Ms. Mitchell was there to provide support.
Ms. Mitchell stated that the 2014 OCI audit of Metro RYDC was poor. The debriefing
was almost three hours long. Ms. Mitchell added it was possible that security failed all
standards and that she, Ms. Mitchell was not surprised. One of the areas security failed
in was room checks and this was because the perimeter area did not have detex
buttons. Investigator Stidom asked Ms. Mitchell if she knew that Officer Cooper did not
conduct detex rounds on April 5, 2015. Ms. Mitchell stated that she knew about this
because Officer Cooper informed her when she was at the facility the day of the
incident. Ms. Mitchell stated that after the audit, a corrective action plan was developed.
The plan was discussed with the staff in meetings. Ms. Mitchell also added that the
audit results were also discussed with her management team. Ms. Mitchell also added
that she monitored and approved some of the areas that were noncompliant.
Ms. Mitchell stated that the members of the leadership team would be assigned an area
that was noncompliant and would be responsible for ensuring it was in compliance. Ms.
Mitchell continued to add that she was not surprised that things were falling apart due to
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not being properly monitored and this is a result of staffing vacancies. The corrective
action plan from the OCI Audit of 2014 was over 100 pages long and she is not
surprised that individuals did not complete certain tasks.
Investigator Stidom asked Ms. Mitchell who was the policy coordinator at Metro. Ms.
Mitchell stated that Cassandra Thevenin was the policy coordinator. Ms. Mitchell spoke
about LOP 8.1, stating that the LOP is developed and printed for her review and
signature. If there is a problem with the LOP she will not sign it. Per Ms. Mitchell, Mr.
Lowers created the LOPs for security. Ms. Mitchell stated that most of her LOPs are
dated for the first or the end of the month. Ms. Mitchell stated that LOP 8.1 was not
created by her but she remembers signing it. Ms. Mitchell is adamant about all of the
LOPs from Metro having her signature on them and they were not outdated. NOTE:
[LOP 12. 1 and 12.8 were retained from the LOP binder from Metro RYDC and were
outdated. The date on the LOPs were January 24, 2014 to January 24, 2015.] (See
Exhibit ZZZ-2 and ZZZ-3) Ms. Mitchell also added that the LOPs are on the Q:Drive.
NOTE: [A review of the Q:Drive reflects two LOPs from Metro being on the Q:drive and
the scheduled review date was May 1, 2011 under the leadership of Former facility
Director Debbie Alexander.]
Ms. Mitchell was asked about the facility practices when there is a staffing shortage.
Per Ms. Mitchell, the shift lieutenant is to employ the holdover list, notifying the ADO
and the captain to follow up the chain of command. The ADO would assist and call in
additional staff to assist with the shortages or come in to work. To continue, Ms.
Mitchell stated that she would expect the ADO and the unit managers to come in. Ms.
Mitchell also added that the shift lieutenant should notify the unit manager that is
responsible for his or her shift. Explaining, Ms. Mitchell stated that each unit manager is
responsible for a shift.
Another area that was noted during the OCI Audit was that there were issues with the
CCTV system. Ms. Mitchell stated that work orders would be completed for CGL. CGL
would then call the outside company. Ms. Mitchell was unsure of the name of the
company due to this being coordinated by CGL. The follow up would be within 24 hours
and the issue may or may not be resolved during that month.
Ms. Mitchell's interview was digitally recorded and copied to a compact disc that was
listed on DJJ 01 Receipt for Property Number 0007, which is included in the case file
(See Exhibit RRRR-11). Ms. Mitchell submitted a written statement which is included in
the case file (See Exhibit PP).
On Tuesday, June 9, 2015 at 1405 hours, Investigator Stidom conducted a follow up
interview with Lieutenant Brandon Waters.
Per Lieutenant Waters, Unit Manager
Valerie Wallace was the unit manager that is responsible for his shift. Lieutenant
Waters stated that he did not make contact with her the On April 5, 2015 due to
following the ADO procedures. Lieutenant Waters continued to state that when it
comes to the shifts his chain of command is as follows: the Captain of Security, the
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ADO, Unit Manager and then Mr. Lowers. Investigator Stidom asked Lieutenant Waters
about his pre-signing the Behavior Record before the end of the shift. Lieutenant
Waters stated that he did sign the form but always go back at the end of his shift to add
the time.
Lieutenant Waters' interview was digitally recorded and copied to a compact disc that
was listed on DJJ 01 Receipt for Property Number 0007, which is included in the case
file (See Exhibit RRRR-1d). Lieutenant Waters submitted a written statement which is
included in the case file (See Exhibit N).
At 1415 hours, Investigator Stidom interviewed Unit Manager Valerie WallaceKitchens. Mrs. Wallace-Kitchens stated that she was not aware of the staff shortages
on April 5, 2015. NOTE: [This is conflicting with Captain Lango and Mr. Lowers
statements; all unit managers receive a copy of the schedule.] Mrs. Wallace-Kitchens
stated that if the shift was short that she would normally receive and email. As a result
of the facility having computer issues the weekend of the incident, Mrs. WallaceKitchens did not receive an email from the shift Lieutenant Waters. Mrs. WallaceKitchens stated that she is not responsible for the scheduling. The hold over process
consists of holding the staff over that is needed and begin the recall process. Once it is
1000 hours, the staff holding over would have completed their additional four hours and
they will be released. If no additional staff comes in to replace the staff holding over,
the ADO is to be called and will make the decision as to what should be done. Mrs.
Wallace-Kitchens stated that her role with the shift is to ensure that the shift lieutenant is
being fair with the staff he supervises when it comes to days off and the EAD process.
Mrs. Wallace-Kitchens' interview was digitally recorded and copied to a compact disc
that was listed on DJJ 01 Receipt for Property Number 0007, which is included in the
case file (See Exhibit RRRR-1o). Mrs. Wallace-Kitchens submitted a written statement
which is included in the case file (See Exhibit WW).
CCTV Footage:

CCTV footage reflects Officer Durebube exiting C-1 housing unit multiple times leaving
Officer Cooper, the only staff on the unit starting at 0651 hours. Nurse Wires and
Officer Miller are seen at cell 103 at 1001 hours. Officer Cooper is seen talking on the
unit phone as Youth
is seen multiple times walking from the dayroom to the
cell door of Youth
at 1126 hours. Lieutenant Waters and Officer Mitchell are
on the unit securing a you in his cell on the bottom tier at 1055 hours. Officer Cooper
is on the phone again as ~ is seen going back and forth from the dayroom
to the cell door of Youth - - O f f i c e r Cooper secures several youth in their cells
on the bottom tier and Officer Cooper looks inside of cell 103 at 1145 hours. Officer
Cooper walks to the dayroom and speak with Lieutenant Waters who is on the housing
unit. At 1146 hours Lieutenant Waters and Officer Cooper walk to cell 103 as both staff
look into the cell. Officer Cooper unsecured the cell door as Lieutenant Waters enters
cell 103. At 1150 hours, other staff to include Nurse Wires arrives on the unit. EMTs
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are seen entering at 1204 hours and exits the unit at 1211 hours with Youth on stretcher.
CAMCORDER FOOTAGE:

At 00:23 seconds on the time lapse recorder, Lieutenant Waters is seen performing
Nurse Wires is heard asking Lieutenant
chest compressions on Youth Waters and Officer Cooper what was he doing as Lieutenant Waters responded with we
just got over here; he had this tied around his neck around the sprinkler. At 00:38
seconds Nurse Wires is heard saying "he's gon~ times and exit the cell. At
00:54 seconds Lieutenant Waters calls Youth name as he stops chest
compressions. 03 minutes 13 seconds, youth are heard in the background saying
things as Officer White is heard saying 'try the AED". Lieutenant Waters replied to
Officer White, she ain't use it. At 04 minutes 32 seconds Officer Cooper admits that
Y o u t h - was sent to check on Y o u t h - Nurse Wires appears back on
the scene at 04 minutes 51 seconds and checks for a pulse as she slaps the chest of
Y o u t h - 05 minutes 00 seconds. At 05 minutes 57 seconds Nurse Wires uses
10 minutes 30
her stethoscope and the blood pressure cuff on Youth seconds DeKalb fire department arrives on the scene and starts chest compressions.
11 minutes 01 second DeKalb Police Department arrives on the scene. 11 minutes 50
seconds DeKalb EMTs arrive and perform services on Y o u t h - 18 minutes 16
seconds Y o u t h - is placed on the stretcher and exits the unit.
YOUTHS' HISTORY
(See Exhibit BBBB)

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INVESTIGATORS NOTES

•

There is no independent evidence to suggest that Lieutenant Brandon Waters
directed Officer Adrian Cooper not to conduct detex round.

•

Lieutenant Brandon Waters notified the Captain of Security, Roy Lango, Jr. and
the ADO, Associate Director of Security Robert Lowers between the hours of
0615 and 0630 of the staffing shortage which Metro RYDC would be facing at
1000 hours when the holdovers exited the facility.

•

The shift lieutenants, Lieutenant Brandon Waters, Lieutenant Mario Ellison,
Lieutenant Katrina Zilliner, Lieutenant Gregory McDowell and Lieutenant Page
failed to correctly complete the Behavioral Records from April 2, 2015 through
April 4, 2015.

•

Nurse Kawana Wires completed Basic Life Saving for Healthcare Providers
(CPR and AED) training with an outside agency that expires July 2015.

•

Metro RYDC was not placed on fire watch when the water to the sprinkler system
was turned off. Additionally, there is no evidence to support that Metro RYDC
employed fire watch protocol during the period that the sprinkler system was
inoperable.

•

According to Mr. Jesse Milledge, Regional Emergency Management Planning
Coordinator of the Department of Juvenile Justice, it is not stated in policy that a
fire watch should be employed. However, it has always been common practice
that when the sprinkler system is inoperable the building is placed on fire watch.
There should be 30 minute checks conducted and documented in the facility log
books, until the sprinkler system is operable. NFPA 101 -Section 9.6.1.6 states,
in the event the fire alarm system becomes inoperable, it is the responsibility of
the owner of the facility to implement a fire watch protocol until the fire sprinkler
system in back online. (See Exhibit KKKK, page 2).

•

A review of the findings from the March 26, 2015 Emergency Management I Fire
Safety Review show that Metro RYDC did not have a fire prevention plan in
place. (See Exhibit LLLL-1, page 4). On June 2, 2015, Investigator Stidom
received a copy of LOP 8.41, dated 9/3/14 to 9/3/15 from Sergeant Deonte
Wilson-Crawford. (See Exhibit LLLL-2).
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TRAINING:
(See Exhibit AAAA)

A review of the TRIS Training Record for the following staff revealed:
•

Juvenile Correctional Officer 1 Adrian Cooper is up-to-date with his training.

•

Juvenile Correctional Officer 1 Michael Anderson is up-to-date with his
training.

•

Lieutenant Brandon Waters is up-to-date with his training. NOTE: [TRIS does
not reflect him having a current CPR/First Aid training but there is proof of
training in his training file from March 13, 2015.]

•

Registered Nurse Kawana Wires is up-to-date with her training requirements.
Nurse Wires received her current American Heart Association BLS for
Healthcare Providers from Gwinnett Technical College on July 14, 2013 and it
expires July 2015. Nurse Wires professional licensing does not expire until
January 31, 2017. Nurse Wires was promoted to full-time status on March 16,
2015 and has not attended Facility Basics 1.

•

Social Service Provider 2 Charlene Smith is not current on her training. SSP2
Smith failed to complete the online training in the following areas:
Documentation Standards Training; Anti-Bullying/Anti-Harassment Training;
Custody and Housing Assessment Training and Records Management.

•

Assistant Director of Security Robert Lowers is up-to-date with his training
requirements.

•

Captain of Security Roy Lango is up-to-date with his training requirements.

•

Clinical Director Dr. Lainey Richardson is up-to-date with her training
requirements.

•

Designated Mental Health Authority Tracy Young is up-to-date with her
training requirements.

•

Former Facility Director Pamela Mitchell is in need of CPA/First Aid training.
According to her TRIS Record, Ms. Mitchell's CPA/First Aid certification expired
January 16, 2015.

•

Mental Health Intern Roberta Woods is up-to-date with
requirements.
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2014 OCI Audit Review
(See Exhibit MMMM)

A review of the 2014 facility audit conducted by the Department of Juvenile Justice's
Office of Continuous Improvement, conducted on February 3, 2014 thru February 7,
2014, and reflects the following deficiencies that were identified and not corrected by
the Facility Director and the Regional Administrator:
•

Section 1.1 0, page 10 - Video Camera & Monitoring Systems, #13 - Cameras
and equipment are maintained in good condition to ensure clear images are
recorded. This was an area of concern for the auditors as it was documented:
The facility has frequent problems with the DVRs associated with the CCTV and
were unable to produce and/or burn requested CCTV data.

•

Section 1.12, page 13 - Room Checks, #6 - Room checks for routine
observation, special observation, close observation, confinement and medical
isolation are made and documented within the timeframes required by policy.
This area was noncompliant as the auditors documented: Room checks are not
being consistently performed within policy required time frames and the Guard
Plus system did not appear to be utilized during non-sleeping hours.

•

Section 2.14, page 32- Basic Rights and Responsibilities of Youth, #4- Staff
ensures youth are afforded all rights identified by policy and report any instances
when youth are not afforded their rights. This area was noncompliant during the
audit. The auditors noted: Youth and staff were interviewed; a review was
conducted of the confinement check forms and logbook documentation reflecting
the youth are not being afforded their basic rights. This included showers not
being provided during confinement and sufficient amount of recreation time.

•

Section 2.21, page 36 - Personal Hygiene, Clothing, Bedding and Linen
Supplies, #1 - Youth are given the opportunity to shower at least daily. This
area was also noncompliant. The auditors noted: Staff confirmed that youth on
PHC do not receive showers.

•

Section 3.8, page 47 and 48- Services in Confinement, #1, 2, and 3- The shift
supervisor documents daily visits with youth via the confinement check forms
and behavioral health staff and the facility case manager documents daily visits
with youth via the confinement check forms and JTS. These areas were
noncompliant. The auditors noted: the staff failed to document the services in
confinement visits.
#7- Youth in confinement receive daily one hour of large
muscle exercise outside of the cell and one hour of leisure activities inside the
room. This area was noncompliant. The auditors noted: Over have of the
confinement forms reviewed the staff failed to document these activities.
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Section 5.8, page 59 - Special Management Plan, #6 - A Behavior Record is
used tor security staff to document the youth's behavior each shift. This area
had concerns. The auditors noted: Two out of four of the Behavior Records
reviewed had all of the required documented signatures.

•

Section 8.6, page 76 - Policy and Procedure Manuel, #2 - The policy and
procedure manual includes all current DJJ policies and directives and local
operating procedures, where required. This area is noncompliant. The auditors
noted: The facility LOP binders contained outdated policies, missing directives
and missing signatures.

•

Section 9.2, page 95 - On-The Job Training, #1 - 48 hours of OJT is
documented tor new full-time employees prior to job assignment. This area was
noncompliant. The auditors noted: 36 out of 50 training records reviewed
included a documented, completed OJT within the required time frames in
accordance with DJJ policy.

CONCLUSION:

Based on the physical evidence and statements obtained from all parties involved; the
evidence SUBSTANTIATES the allegation of Death of a Youth, Suicide (A1 P):
o

On AprilS, 2015, at 1145 hours, Y o u t h - - was found suspended
from the sprinkler head by his jumpsuit and secured inside of cell 103, a single
occupancy cell, on C-1 housing unit at Metro RYDC.

o

Lieutenant Brandon Waters and Officer Co~served Youth hanging in his cell and upon releasing Y o u t h - from the sprinkler head
began administering CPR and called tor assistance.

o

Nurse Kawana Wires arrived on the scene and her search tor a pulse for Youth
was unsuccessful.
-

o

DeKalb EMS arrived at 1203 hours and transported youth Memorial Hospital.

to Grady

o Y o u t h - was pronounced dead at Grady Memorial Hospital at 1232 hours
by the on duty emergency room physician.
ADDITIONAL VIOLATION(S)

Based on the physical evidence and statements obtained from all parties involved; the
evidence SUBSTANTIATES the allegation of Child Neglect (B3P) of the following staff:
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Juvenile Correctional Officer 1 Adrian Cooper
o

Y o u t h - repeatedly reported to Officer Cooper that y o u t h was attempting to commit self-harm and Officer Cooper neglected to go to
the cell and verify y o u t h - status.

Based upon the physical evidence and statements obtained from all parties having
knowledge of the events; the evidence SUBSTANTIATES the allegation of Employee
Misconduct (G2P) against the following staff:
•

Juvenile Correctional Officer 1 Adrian Cooper
o

Failure to document in the logbook, DJJ Policy 8.3, Logbooks. Officer
Cooper failed to properly document in the unit logbook as directed by
policy. The counts, detex rounds were not properly documented in the
logbook and the last logbook enter was completed at 1057 hours.

o

Failure to detex violated DJJ Policy 8.20, Room Checks, Section Ill, Letter
F which states: Room checks will be made for youth who are on
disciplinary isolation I confinement status every 15 minutes. Officer
Cooper failed to complete a detex round between the hours of 0533 hours
and 1150 hours on AprilS, 2015.

o

Officer Cooper's failure to immediately respond violates DJJ Policy 12.21,
Suicide Prevention, Section 3, Letter S which states: Any staff who
discovers a youth who has attempted suicide will immediately respond.
was
Youth reported to Officer Cooper that Youth suspended from the sprinkler in cell 103. Officer Cooper did not respond
for over 20 minutes.

o

Officer Cooper's failure to perform CPR violates DJJ Policy 12.21, Suicide
Prevention, Section Ill, Letter S, Number 4 which states: CPR will
continue until the youth has a pulse/respirations or another trained rescuer
takes over. Officer Cooper failed to assist with CPR.

Officer Cooper failed to document on the confinement sheet on Saturday,
April 4, 2015 which violated DJJ Policy 16.6, Services in Confinement.
This reflects Youth not receiving his meals while on
confinement.
o Officer Cooper violated DJJ Policy 3.1 0, Standards of Conduct and Ethics,
Section Ill, Letter A, Number 2 which states: Employees shall be familiar
with and comply with all DJJ policies, directives and procedures of the
o

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work unit to which they are assigned. Officer Cooper violated DJJ policies
8.20, 8.21, 12.21 and 16.6.
•

Lieutenant Brandon Waters
o

Failed to ensure minimum number of staff were assigned to the shift is a
violation of DJJ Policy 8.1, Security Management, Section V, Letter C
states: security staff will be assigned to shifts in sufficient numbers to
operate security posts. The staff minimum staff was 29, Lieutenant
Waters allowed the hold overs to leave resulting in staffing dropping to 18
on April 5, 2015. There was a total of 24 required post on April 5, 2015

o

Lieutenant Brandon Waters failed to document any events or notations in
the shift supervisor's logbook DJJ Policy 8.3, Logbooks, Section Ill, Letter
B which states: Shift Supervisors will maintain a separate logbook.
Lieutenant Waters failed to document any events and notations in the shift
supervisors log book on April 3, April 4 or April 5 of 2015.

o

Failure to document on the Behavior Record as directed by DJJ Policy
12.22, Special Management Plan, Section Ill, Letter 0, Number 3 which
states: The shift supervisor will be responsible for documenting the
youths behavior for that shift. Lieutenant Waters failed to ensure the
Behavior Record for April 3, and April 4, 2015 were properly completed.
The Behavior Record for April 5, 2015 was pre-signed, by Lieutenant
Waters, before the end of shift.

o Lieutenant Waters failed to document on the confinement check form for
Friday, April 4, 2015. Violated DJJ Policy 16.6, Services in Confinement,
Section Ill, Letter C, Number 2 which states: Shift supervisors visits will
be documented on the Confinement Check Form. On April 4, 2015,
Lieutenant Waters failed to conduct confinement rounds and failed to
document on the Confinement Check Form.
o

Failed to provide daily recreation/leisure time violating DJJ Policy 16.6,
Services in Confinement, Section Ill, Letter H, Numbers 1 and 2 which
states: Youth in confinement will receive one hour of large muscle
exercise outside of the room and receive one hour of leisure activities
each day inside the room. According to the Confinement Check Form for
Y o u t h - from Friday, April3, 2015, Y o u t h - did not receive
his recreation.

o

Lieutenant Waters violated DJJ Policy 3.1 0, Standards of Conduct and
Ethics, Section Ill, Letter A, Number 2 which states: Employees shall be
familiar with and comply with all DJJ policies, directives and procedures of
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the work unit to which they are assigned. Lieutenant Waters violated DJJ
Policies 8.1, 8.3, 12.22 and 16.6.
o

•

Lieutenant Waters discontinued CPR before Youth pulse/respiration or another trained responder took over.

had a

Nurse Kawana Wires
o

Violated DJJ Policy 11.15, Emergency Medical Services, Section Ill, Letter
D, Number 2 which states: When medical services staff are on-site, they
will immediately respond to the scene with the medical emergency
response bag and the emergency medication bag. Nurse Wires arrived
on the scene of an emergency situation without the emergency bag and
medical bag.

o

Violated DJJ Policy 11.15, Emergency Medical Services, Section Ill, Letter
D, Number 4 which states: Upon arrival to the scene, the medical
services staff will be in charge of the coordination of all emergency care.
Nurse Wires failed to take charge of the scene on April 5, 2015 involving
Y o u t h - on C-1 housing unit.

o

CCTV and camcorder footage both reveal that Nurse Wires neglected to
respond to the emergency with all emergency equipment as dictated in
DJJ Policy 11.15.

o

Violated DJJ Policy 11.15, Emergency Medical Services, Section Ill, Letter
D, Number 7 which states: Emergency care will never be delayed in lifethreatening situations. Nurse Wires is seen on CCTV and camcorder
footage walking out of the cell of Y o u t h - multiple times and did
not perform CPR of Youth nor did she ensure the CPR was
continued.

o

Nurse Wires failure to perform CPR violated DJJ Policy 12.21, Suicide
Prevention, Section Ill, Letter S, Number 4 which states: CPR will
continue until the youth has a pulse/respirations or another trained rescuer
takes over. Although the AED was on the scene, Nurse Wires failed to
perform CPR on Y o u t h - on April 5, 2015 and allowed other staff
members to discontinue CPR.

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Nurse Wires violated DJJ Policy 3.1 0, Standards of Conduct and Ethics,
Section Ill, Letter A, Number 2 which states: Employees shall be familiar
with and comply with all DJJ policies, directives and procedures of the
work unit to which they are assigned. Nurse Wires violated DJJ Policy
11.15 and 12.21.
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SSP2 Charlene Smith
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5.2, Case Records, Section 5, Letter 8, Number 4 which states: Progress
notes will be entered into JTS within 24 hours of the contact or services
being rendered. SSP2 Smith failed to enter a progress note into JTS in a
timely manner. Services were rendered to Youth on Friday,
April 3, 2015 and were not entered in to JTS until Sunday, April 5, 2015 at
1207 hours after the incident on C-1 housing unit. JTS also reflects this
not being the first time that someone else entered a progress note or SHE
for SSP2 Smith. On September 4, 2014, at 1334 hours and 1343 hours,
SSP2 Smith also had Kelada Monroe-Mitchell to enter Behavioral Health
Evaluations into JTS.

o

DJJ Policy 12.21, Suicide Prevention, Section Ill, Letter Q which states
Self-injurious youth will be housed in the appropriate least restrictive
environment. Number 4 states: A QMHP must authorize placing a youth
in a safe area.

o SSP2 Smith failed to ensure youth placed on Level 2 are housed in the
safe-01 Room-Cell which violates Local Operational Procedure 12.21,
SSP2 Smith failed to ensure Youth
Suicide Prevention, Letter H.
was housed in the 01 cell of the housing unit.
o SSP2 Smith failed to document on the Behavior Record as directed by
DJJ Policy 12.22, Special Management Plan, Section Ill, Letter 0, Number
1 which states: Behavior Health staff will document the youth's current
mental health status and evaluate the need for additional services and this
will be documented on the Behavior Record. On April 3 and April 4,
2015, it is documented on the Behavior Record that Y o u t h - was
upset or in distress and no additional services were provided.

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After consultation with Miguel Fernandez, Deputy Commissioner of
Support Services, when the Behavioral Record was reviewed
reflecting distress, a license mental health staff should have been
consulted and the recommendation should have been
communicated to first line staff, noted in JTS and the youth placed
on level or contracted for safety.

o SSP2 Smith failed to conduct Behavioral Health Confinement Rounds on
Friday, April 3, 2015. Violating DJJ Policy 16.6, Services in Confinement,
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Section Ill, Letter D, Number 1 which states: Behavioral health staff will
conduct daily rounds to evaluate all youth who are confined. According to
the Confinement Check Form on April 3, 2015, Behavioral Health Staff
failed to conduct their daily rounds.
o SSP2 Smith's failure to document a progress note in JTS after a
confinement round. Violated DJJ Policy 16.6, Services in confinement,
Section Ill, Letter D, Number 2 which states: Behavioral health staff will
also enter a progress note into JTS to document the confinement visit.
SSP2 Smith failed to enter a progress note in a timely manner on Friday,
April 3, 2015. SSP2 Smith admitted that Mental Health Intern Woods
entered the progress note into JTS for her on Sunday, April 5, 2015 at
1207 hours.
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SSP2 Smith violated DJJ Policy 3.1 0, Standards of Conduct and Ethics,
Section Ill, Letter A, Number 2 which states: Employees shall be familiar
with and comply with all DJJ policies, directives and procedures of the
work unit to which they are assigned. SSP2 Smith violated DJJ Policies
5.2, 12.21 and 16.6 and Metro RYDC L.O.P. 12.21.

Assistant Director Of Security Robert Lowers
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Failed to ensure that minimum staff were assigned to the shift is a
violation of DJJ Policy 8.1, Security Management, Section V, Letter C
states: Security staff will be assigned to shifts in sufficient numbers to
operate security posts. Mr. Lowers failed to ensure that the minimum
number of staff were provided to ensure shift coverage. The shift
schedule for April 5, 2015 reflects the shift being short (6) staff members
before taking post.

o Failed to conduct ADO rounds as documented in DJJ Policy 8.2,
Administrative Duty Officer, Section Ill, Letter L. The confinement check
form does not reflect Mr. Lowers visiting Y o u t h - while he was on
confinement.
o

Failed to ensure the facility counts are conducted and documented as
stated in LOP 8.21, Counts and Control of Youth Movement. Logbook
documentation only reflects the official head count being documented.
There was no documentation supporting that informal counts were being
conducted.

o Mr. Lowers failed to confirm the appropriate number of staff were assigned
for shift on Sunday, April 5, 2015. Mr. Lowers arrived at Metro RYDC after
he was notified of the incident on Sunday, April 5, 2015, at 1230 hours.
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Mr. Lowers failed to ensure the youth received all services in confinement
which violates DJJ Policy 16.6, Services in Confinement, Section Ill, Letter
A which states: The facility Director will ensure that youth receive services
in confinement comparable to those youth in the general population. Mr.
Lowers in the role of Acting Director failed to ensure that Y o u t h received services (shower, recreation and leisure time) in confinement on
April 3, 2015 and April 4, 2015.

o

Mr. Lowers violated DJJ Policy 3.1 0, Standards of Conduct and Ethics,
Section Ill, Letter A, Number 2 which states: Employees shall be familiar
with and comply with all DJJ policies, directives and procedures of the
work unit to which they are assigned. Mr. Lowers violated DJJ Policies
8.1, 8.2 and 16.6.

Captain of Security Roy Lango
o

Failed to ensure minimum number of staff were assigned to the shift is a
violation of DJJ Policy 8.1, Security Management, Section V, Letter C
states: security staff will be assigned to shifts in sufficient numbers to
operate security posts. Captain Lango, after being notified of shift
shortage on April 5, 2015, failed to ensure the minimum number of staff
were provided for shift coverage.

o

Violated DJJ Policy 3.1 0, Standards of Conduct and Ethics, Section Ill,
Letter A, Number 2 which states: Employees shall be familiar with and
comply with all DJJ policies, directives and procedures of the work unit to
which they are assigned. Captain Lango violated DJJ Policy 8.1.

Unit Manager Valerie Wallace-Kitchens
o

Failed to ensure minimum number of staff were assigned to the shift is a
violation of DJJ Policy 8.1, Security Management, Section V, Letter C
states: security staff will be assigned to shifts in sufficient numbers to
operate security posts. Mrs. Wallace-Kitchens, after receiving a copy of
the shift schedule, failed to ensure the minimum number of staff were
provided for shift coverage.

o

Violated DJJ Policy 3.1 0, Standards of Conduct and Ethics, Section Ill,
Letter A, Number 2 which states: Employees shall be familiar with and
comply with all DJJ policies, directives and procedures of the work unit to
which they are assigned. Mrs. Wallace-Kitchens violated DJJ Policy 8.1.

Juvenile Correctional Officer 2 Jackie Campbell
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Failed to ensure minimum number of staff were assigned to the shift when
he allowed Officer Collins to exit the facility on April 5, 2015. This is a
violation of DJJ Policy 8.1, Security Management, Section V, Letter C
states: security staff will be assigned to shifts in sufficient numbers to
operate security posts. Sergeant Campbell had the authority to decline
holdover staff's request to leave, but Sergeant Campbell failed to do so.
Sergeant Campbell failed to maintain the minimum number of staff
required by allowing hold over staff to exit the building prior to being
properly relieved.

o

Violated DJJ Policy 8.42, Crime Scene Preservation, Section Ill, Letter A
which states: Any scene where a crime is alleged to have occurred will be
immediately secured. On April 5, 2015 at 1257 hours, Sergeant Campbell
allowed Nurse Cook and Dr. Flowers to enter the cell of Y o u t h as documented in C-1 log book after Youth had been
transported.

o

Violated DJJ Policy 3.1 0, Standards of Conduct and Ethics, Section Ill,
Letter A, Number 2 which states: Employees shall be familiar with and
comply with all DJJ policies, directives and procedures of the work unit to
which they are assigned. Sergeant Campbell violated DJJ Policy 8.1 and
8.42.

Mental Health Intern Roberta Woods
o

Violated DJJ Policy 5.8, Documentation Standards, Section Ill, Letter E
which stated: Employees will avoid the appearance of documentation
impropriety. Mental Health Intern Roberta Woods entered a progress note
for SSP2 Smith after Y o u t h - was deceased. SSP2 Smith should
have documented the late entry herself.
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Per Deputy Commissioner Miguel Fernandez, the mental health
interns are granted JTS access and can make notations in JTS
based her achieved training and being under clinical supervision
and the documentation is reviewed by the supervisor, the
mental health intern are authorized to make notations in JTS.

o 5.2, Case Records, Section 5, Letter B, Number 4 which states: Progress
notes will be entered into JTS within 24 hours of the contact or services
being rendered. Mental Health Intern Woods entered a progress note for
SSP2 Smith after the 24 hours allotted by policy.

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Violated DJJ Policy 3.1 0, Standards of Conduct and Ethics, Section Ill,
Letter A, Number 2 which states: Employees shall be familiar with and
comply with all DJJ policies, directives and procedures of the work unit to
which they are assigned. Mental Health Intern Woods violated DJJ
Policies 5.2 and 5.8.

Clinical Director Lainey Richardson
o

Failed to ensure youth placed on Level 2 are housed in the safe-01 RoomCell which violates Local Operational Procedure 12.21, Suicide
Prevention, Letter H. Dr. Richardson failed to ensure that Y o u t h was housed in the 01 cell due her not understanding the LOP herself.

o Violated DJJ Policy 3.10, Standards of Conduct and Ethics, Section Ill,
Letter A, Number 2 which states: Employees shall be familiar with and
comply with all DJJ policies, directives and procedures of the work unit to
which they are assigned. Dr. Richardson violated DJJ Policy 12.21.
During the interview with Dr. Richardson, it was determined that she was
not familiar with LOP 12.21 referencing a youth on level "will be housed" in
the 01 cell. Dr. Richardson immediately changed the LOP from "will be
housed" to "may be housed" when it was bought to her attention that she
did not understand the LOP.

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Per Miguel Fernandez, the DMHA can make changes to the
LOP at the facility.

•

Dr. Richardson also presented the LOP to the new Facility
Director Shelia Dease for review without informing her of the
changes that were made to LOP 12.21.

Former Director Pamela Mitchell
o

Failed to sign the local operational procedures for Metro RYDC. This is a
violation of DJJ Policy 1.4, Establishment and Maintenance of DJJ
Policies, Section Ill, Letter J, Number 5 which states: The Facility Director
will be responsible for signing all local operating procedures.

o

Failed to ensure that all staff had a completed OJT checklist in their
training files which violated DJJ Policy 4.2. Officer Cooper did not have a
complete OJT checklist in his training file.
Ms. Mitchell signed LOP 8.1, Security Management with an effective date
of June 24, 2013 and a scheduled review date of June 24, 2014 (See
Exhibit WWW-1) and thereby authorized the facility to operate with a
minimum security staff of 30. NOTE: [Ms. Mitchell failed to update LOP

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8.1 as directed by DJJ Policy.] A subsequent staffing analysis was
conducted by DJJ's Office Operations and Compliance reflects that Metro
requires a minimum security staff of 39 (See Exhibit WWW-3). According
to the Office of Compliance and Operations, Ms. Mitchell consistently
allowed Metro to operate below safe security standards.
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Violated DJJ Policy 3.10, Standards of Conduct and Ethics, Section Ill,
Letter A, Number 2 which states: Employees shall be familiar with and
comply with all DJJ policies, directives and procedures of the work unit to
which they are assigned. Ms. Mitchell violated DJJ Policy 1.4, 4.2.

Juvenile Detention Counselor Seroyer
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Failed to document Counseling Confinement Rounds on Saturday, April 4,
2015. Violating DJJ Policy 16.6, Services in Confinement, Section Ill,
Letter E, Number 2 which states: A facility case manager will document
daily rounds on the Confinement Check Form. On Saturday, April 4,
2015, the facility case manager failed to document the confinement round
on the Confinement Check Form.

06/09/2015
Date

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CONTACT LIST
Case Number 01-0379-01-15
CONTACT TYPE
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ID DATA
Metro Regional Youth Detention Center
Address: 1300 Constitution Road, Atlanta, GA 30316
Phone: 404-635-4400
Investigator
Maggie Stidom, Investigator
Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice
Office of Investigations
Address: 3408 Covington Hwy, Decatur GA 30032
Phone: 404-274-7632
Staff Witness
Officer Adrian Cooper
Address: 1300 Constitution Road, Atlanta, GA 30032
Phone: 804-519-8663
Staff Witness
Officer Nitarren Joe
Address: 1300 Constitution Road, Atlanta, GA 30032
Phone:
Staff Witness
Officer Courtney Kelsey
Address: 1300 Constitution Road, Atlanta, GA 30032
Phone: 404-402-8651
Staff Witness
Nurse Kawana Wires
Address: 1300 Constitution Road, Atlanta, GA 30032
Phone: 404-782-1527
Staff Witness
Officer Jessica Mitchell
Address: 1300 Constitution Road, Atlanta, GA 30032
Phone: 678-789-5150
Staff Witness
Sergeant Jackie Campbell
Address: 1300 Constitution Road, Atlanta, GA 30032
Phone: 803-261-9374
Staff Witness
Officer Nikia White
Address: 1300 Constitution Road, Atlanta, GA 30032
Phone: 770-508-0478
Staff Witness
Officer Michael Anderson
Address: 1300 Constitution Road, Atlanta, GA 30032
Phone: 678-435-3639
Staff Witness
Lieutenant Brandon Waters
Address: 1300 Constitution Road, Atlanta, GA 30032
Phone: 404-979-1312
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Youth Witness
Youth
Address
Phone:
Youth Witness
Youth
Addre
Phone:
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SSP2 Charlene Smith
Staff Witness
Address: 1300 Constitution Road, Atlanta, GA 30032
Phone: 252-506-1 088 -------------------------------~
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Youth
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Youth Witness
Phone:
SERT Jerelyn Calhoun
Staff Witness
Address: 1300 Constitution Road, Atlanta, GA 30032
Phone: 404-578-0276
SERT Lieutenant Montrail Mitchell
Staff Witness
Address: 1300 Constitution Road, Atlanta, GA 30032
Phone: 817-500-1739
SERT Delance Green
Address: 1300 Constitution Road, Atlanta, GA 30032
Staff Witness
Phone: 615-712-4778
Captain Roy Lango Jr.
Staff Witness
Address: 1300 Constitution Road, Atlanta, GA 30032
Phone: 404-491-2288
Lieutenant Gregory McDowell
Address: 1300 Constitution Road, Atlanta, GA 30032
Staff Witness
Phone: 678-927-5799
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Youth
Youth Witness
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Phone:
Youth
Youth Witness
Address
Phone:
Recreation Worker Rennard Wallace
Address: 1300 Constitution Road, Atlanta, GA 30032
Staff Witness
Phone: 678-471-2980
Associate Director Of Security Robert Lowers
Address: 1300 Constitution Road, Atlanta, GA 30032
Staff Witness
Phone: 404-430-4048
Regional Principal Doctor Jerry Jones
Address: 3408 Covington Highway, Decatur, GA 30012
Staff Witness
Phone: 478-538-3264
Director 1 Selma Calloway
Address: 1300 Constitution Road, Atlanta, GA 30032
Staff Witness
Phone: 404-683-4792
CGL Sean Simpson
Address: 1300 Constitution Road, Atlanta, GA 30032
Staff Witness
Phone: 770-710-7868

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CG L Duane Griffith
Address: 1300 Constitution Road, Atlanta, GA 30032
Phone: 770-557-4 708
SSP1 Ashley Davis
Address: 1300 Constitution Road, Atlanta, GA 30316
Staff Witness
Phone: 404-635-4519
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Phone:
Sergeant Kervin Matthews
Staff Witness
Address: 1300 Constitution Road, Atlanta, GA 30032
Phone: 404-643-4618
Mental Health Intern Roberta Woods
Address: 1300 Constitution Road, Atlanta, GA 30316
Staff Witness
Phone: 678-953-4075
Clinical Director, Dr. Lainey Richardson
Staff Witness
Address: 1300 Constitution Road, Atlanta, GA 30316
Phone: 404-624-2217
Officer Ashley Martin
Address: 1300 Constitution Road, Atlanta, GA 30316
Staff Witness
Phone: 404-957-8055
Officer Monica Daugherty
Staff Witness
Address: 1300 Constitution Road, Atlanta, GA 30316
Phone: 678-489-5970
Sergeant Carolyn Dillard
Address: 1300 Constitution Road, Atlanta, GA 30316
Staff Witness
Phone: 404-988-6673
Officer Celeste Collins
Address: 1300 Constitution Road, Atlanta, GA 30316
Staff Witness
Phone: 404-528-6807
Officer Bartholomew Duruebube
Staff Witness
Address: 1300 Constitution Road, Atlanta, GA 30316
Phone: 404-484-9684
Former Facility Director Pamela Mitchell
Staff Witness
Address: 3408 Covington Highway, Decatur, GA
Phone: 678-588-2114
Designated Mental Health Authority Tracy Young
Address: 1300 Constitution Road, Atlanta, GA 30316
Staff Witness
Phone: 404-287-4093
Associate Director of Programs Beverly Hastings
Staff Witness
Address: 1300 Constitution Road, Atlanta, GA 30316
Phone: 732-423-9302
Staff Witness

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Staff Witness

Staff Witness

Staff Witness

Staff Witness

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Phone:
Juvenile Detention Counselor Steven Seroyer
Address: 1300 Constitution Road, Atlanta, GA 30316
Phone: 256-665-7020
Lieuetenant Edward Jones
Address: 1300 Constitution Road, Atlanta, GA 30316
Phone: 404-394-6815
Lieutenant Travis Woody
Address: 1300 Constitution Road, Atlanta, GA 30316
Phone: 910-381-7026
Regional Administrator Martha Dalesio
Address: 3408 Covington Hwy, Decatur GA 30032
Phone: 404-683-1344
Unit Manager Valerie Wallace-Kitchens
Address: 1300 Constitution Road, Atlanta, GA 30316
Phone: 404-550-4990

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