Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Aaron Owen - 17 (1990)

A 17 year old boy was found with a girl by the girls uncle. He escaped by stealing a car. The police decided to charge him as an adult which was unusual in the state at the time but properly motivated by his sisters involvement in the Franklin Scandal (A scandal never fully investigated due to potential involvement of politicians on the highest level).

The family got poor legal assistance and allowed the case not going to trial in front of a jury who might have been able to see what really was going on, so a case which normally will have resulted in probation resulted in prison instead.

He was found hanging in his cell. The official ruling was suicide. However injuries on his body suggest a fight before the alleged suicide. It will properly never be revealed if it in fact was suicide or just a message to his sister so she would shut up about being a victim in the scandal. Unwillingly he became part of something bigger he could not survive.

Regardless of what took place it was a tragedy for his family. They lost a son and a brother.

May he find peace where he is now.


Thursday, October 12, 2017

Cristian Cuellar-Gonzales - 2014

15 year old Cristian Cuellar-Gonzales died as result of a fight with an old boy. It is unknown why the two boys were unsupervised at the time of the fight. It is not the first death at the ranch. In 1991 another boy mentioned in this blog died as result of restraint by the staff at the ranch. Of course the state is once again looking at the ranch trying to determine if they want to risk a third death in the future.

But regardless of the outcome of this investigation, the fact remains that a family lost their boy. It is a tragedy impacting the entire family.

May he find peace where he is now.

State faults treatment center in death of Travis County teen (My Statesman)

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Shaquan Allen - 2016

Only days before he was to leave for less restricted settings, 16 year old Shaquan Allen came into a conflict with two employees at the Lake Villa campus belonging to the Allendale Association. Poorly executed conflict resolution from the staff members resulted in the death of the boy. The police is conducting an investigation. Criminal charges have been brought forward. The court system will have to make a judgment on that.

But despite the outcome of the trial the family of the deceased boy dont get their boy back. It is unknown what brought Shaquan Allen to the facility but his death was not part of the purpose of his stay. It is a tragedy for his family.

May he find peace where he is now.


Thursday, March 23, 2017

Jamal Odum - 2003

The then 9-year-old Newport News boy was sent to a residential treatment center in South Carolina named New Hope when the staff for some unknown reason restrained him for 7 minutes which caused his death.

The tragic event was investigated by the police and 3 staff members were charged with homicide by child abuse.

What makes his death a disaster was the fact that it was known that placing the weight on his torso would risk killing him. Yet the staff members were not fully trained to restrain the children in a somewhat less dangerous way.

Lack of training are often a result of the management focusing on profit but this quest for money puts lives of children in danger, which this tragic death so clearly illustrate. It was far from the first case involving incidents at this facility but this turned deadly for the only 9-year-old boy.

May he find peace where he is now.


Friday, March 10, 2017

Khalil Todd - 2014

12 year old Khalil Todd died as result of a traffic accident which happened just outside the group home where he was forced to live. It is unclear why he was allowed to walk near the road wearing all black clothes which meant that it was difficult for drivers to see him when it is dark.

It seems that the employees took little concern about where the boys in the so-called all Christian facility played. According to neighbors they did little to prevent this tragedy. A place out there a family now miss their boy.

May he find peace where he is now.

Boy, 12, dies after being hit by car outside group home
(WRAL news)
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