COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – Two juvenile prison guards fell asleep while on duty. The death of a year-old boy was released on Friday.
The report was about the case of Robert Wright, who was found dead on Aug. 31 by a guard who entered his cell at the Circleville Juvenile Correctional Facility in downtown Ohio to say it was time to take his morning medication.
According to an earlier investigation by the State Highway Patrol, Wright had heart disease at the time of his death, as did “amphetamine poisoning.” Neither the patrol nor the Department of Youth Services was able to find out where the drugs came from.
In the wake of Wright’s death, DYS fired its former chief medical officer, terminated contracts with physician’s Circleville, created new head health services, a quality improvement manager, and added a new nurse to each. three juvenile correctional facilities in the state.
The state promotes ways to prevent young people in prison from receiving prescription drugs and preventing illegal drugs from entering institutions.
“We cannot discuss his detailed health information publicly, but I can say that we have found opportunities for improvement in the way DYS cared for these young people,” said Ryan Gies, director of youth services.
Gies should not overshadow the “terrible tragedy” of the teenager’s death, Gies said.
“It’s based on the loss of a young man,” he said. “We offer our condolences to his mother. We are deeply saddened by the loss of this young man.
Wright’s mother, Cosandra Wright, told The Cincinnati Inquirer earlier this month that she was unhappy with the patrol and was still awaiting an answer.
According to the patrol report, on August 18, Wright complained to his mother during a phone call when he was not feeling well, other young people said. “Wright complained of recurring chest pains, headaches and shortness of breath for some time.
The 213-page DYS report also found that overnight Circleville guards, known as “youth professionals,” did not properly examine sleeping young men to make sure they were actually in their cells.
In the hours before Wright’s body was discovered, one of the overnight guards spent a total of 64 minutes with his girlfriend on three separate bells, slept in a chair, and for a moment did not make more than two rounds. hours, the report was found.
A water test in Wright’s cell found traces of the party drug MDMA, but it was not possible to determine whether Wright had taken it, according to the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office. Wright was on medication, but what kind of obscurity did he report in the patrol report?
The deputy prosecutor concluded that the level of amphetamine in Wright’s system was “very low, but it can not be ruled out that it is a contributing factor due to Mr. Wright’s heart abnormalities.”
The DYS report could not find a source of amphetamine. Vis visitors were not allowed to visit due to the coronavirus epidemic. While the other young men were being given amphetamines, everyone refused to give them to Wright, and no one saw them give them to him. Giard denied the involvement, saying he had not seen any security guards who had given Wright anything, Gies said.
Wright was serving a juvenile sentence for having sex outside of Hamilton County. More than 100 young people live in the Circleville facility.