No one knows what took place when 14 year old Dionte Pickens was found hanging from a leather belt in a cell in a facility run by the company Three Springs.
The leather belt was not something detainees had access to under normal circumstances, but the staff in charge was occupied by a video game at the time of the death, so whether someone took it to the cell and murdered Pickens or the leather belt was smuggled in remains a mystery.
10 years has passed and the investigation has not provided any answers to the family left behind in this tragedy.
It was ruled as a suicide, but maybe we will never know the truth.
Victims 2000 - 4 (Fornits Home for Wayward Web Fora Wiki)
Juvenile Center faces questions (The Dispatch - September 5 2001)
Questions Raised On Care After Juvenile Kills Himself (Lodi News-Sentinel - Sep 14, 2001)