4 teens escaped from Nashville detention center because of management company mistakes, officials say

Posted Tuesday, 03 December 2019 ‐ CNN

(CNN)Four teenagers were able to escape through the front door of a Nashville, Tennessee, juvenile detention center because of critical oversights by the company that managed the facility, officials said Monday.The teens, two of whom are accused of murder, fled the Davidson County Juvenile Detention Facility Saturday after being left unsupervised, police said. Police say the company that manages the center waited more than half an hour after the escape before notifying police the four teens -- ages 15, 16 and 17 -- ran out the detention center's front entrance."In 30 minutes, with a fast walk you could be two miles away," Nashville Police Chief Steve Anderson said. The youths have not been found as of Monday night.Youth Opportunity Investments, a private detention contractor which has managed the center since 2015, fired three of its employees and suspended one for three days in reaction to the escape, the company said."Youth Opportunity acknowledges that several members of its security personnel made improper decisions that, when combined, led to an opportunity for the four youth to leave the facility," the company said in a statement. Anderson said he still has questions about what happened."I don't have any indication that a crime has been committed, (or) that there was some overt act to assist in their escape," he said. "But, certainly a lot of gross negligence." The Nashville Police Juvenile Crime Task Force and the Youth Services Division have been working around the clock to find the teens, said Lt. Blaine Whited, who runs the Juvenile Crime Task Force. Police chief saw a pattern of 'nonchalant behavior'A staff supervisor had asked the four teenagers to clean inside the facility after the 9 p.m. usual bedtime, according to Youth Opportunity Investments' incident summary. A "disturbance" caused the supervisor to leave and the teens were left unsupervised. The teens entered an elevator that had been left open by a staff member, according to a statement from Davidson County Juvenile Court. They were "able to convince a staff member to make a call to Master Control and request that the elevator be sent to the basement, which is an unsecured area youth are not permitted to access."The teens proceeded to run out of the front door of the center at 9:44 p.m., the statement read. The center's supervisor notified the facility's director that the teens were missing at 9:57 p.m. and then drove around looking for them. The supervisor did not call police until 10:22 p.m., the statement read. The teens "more than likely had some assistance once they were outside" the detention center, Whited said.The contract between Youth Opportunity Investments and Nashville police says the contractor will not attempt to apprehend escapees and that they will "immediately call 911," contact a contract monitor and report all attempted escapes. "It appears that multiple breakdowns in systems and processes to include policy and procedures were not followed which ultimately lead to this escape incident," Youth Opportunity Investments' summary said. "The youth were able to work together as a group while not being properly supervised by staff to devise a way to escape from the Davidson County Juvenile Detention Center."Anderson said that he saw an internal investigative report from Youth Opportunity Investments, but "had more questions than I had answers" after reviewing it. As a result, Anderson asked a judge to allow the Major Case Task Squad to investigate the incident. "What I saw in their report appeared to be a pattern of maybe nonchalant behavior," Anderson said. CNN has reached out to Youth Opportunity on these specific claims made by the court and police chief.2 teens are accused of murder Two of the teens are accused of murder and the others were arrested on armed robbery and gun possession charges, police said.Decorrius Wright, 16, is accused in the February murder of Kyle Yorlets, according to police. Yorlets was a Nashville musician who was shot and killed when a group of five minors robbed him of his wallet and he refused to hand over his keys.Morris Marsh, 17, is accused in the April murder of Charles Easley, the release said.Brandon Cauthers, also 17, is being charged as an adult in an armed robbery case from August last year and Calvin Hows, 15, was arrested in November on charges of gun possession and auto theft, police said.The Juvenile Crime Task Force has met with family and associates of the teens, and have visited locations they're known to frequent, Whited said. "There's individuals in the community who know where these juveniles are," said Capt. Tommy Widener with Nashville Police Youth Service's Division. There's no indication at this point that any of the teens are outside of Nashville, Whited said. CNN's Devon Sayers, Alta Spells and Hollie Silverman contributed to this report.

Other articles published by CNN

Posted Monday, 25 May 2020 ‐ CNN

(CNN)Rwanda has introduced robots as part of its fight against coronavirus.With 314 confirmed cases of the virus as of May 22, the East African country has enlisted the help of five anti-epidemic robots to battle the virus. The robots were donated by the ...

Posted Monday, 25 May 2020 ‐ CNN

(CNN)It was a mouth-watering prospect for sports-starved fans everywhere. Four of the greatest athletes the world has ever known, on the golf course at the same time, offering us a glimpse of who they are when they aren't winning Major Championships and...

Posted Monday, 25 May 2020 ‐ CNN

(CNN)A Texas community hit by terrible tragedy months ago came together over the weekend to celebrate a survivor's first birthday.Paul Gilbert Anchondo was two months old when his parents died shielding him from a shooter at an El Paso, Texas, Walmart on ...

Posted Monday, 25 May 2020 ‐ CNN

(CNN)Several members of the graduating class at The Lovett School in Atlanta, Georgia, have tested positive for Covid-19, according to a letter from the school."The school has been notified by several Class of 2020 families that their students have...

Posted Monday, 25 May 2020 ‐ CNN

(CNN)Just when you thought you'd learned how to spell Grimes and Elon Musk's unusual baby name, they've gone and changed it.Earlier this month, Tesla and SpaceX CEO Musk announced the birth of the baby boy in a post on Twitter, revealing his son was...

Posted Monday, 25 May 2020 ‐ CNN

In this weekly column "Cross Exam," Elie Honig, a CNN legal analyst and former federal and state prosecutor, gives his take on the latest legal news. Post your questions below. The views expressed in this commentary are his own. View more opinion on CNN. ...

Posted Monday, 25 May 2020 ‐ CNN

Rome (CNN)"The doctors were shocked. They said they had never seen anything like this," says Valentina Vigilante, recalling the terrifying day her 6-year-old son Nicolò was rushed into intensive care in Bergamo, northern Italy, as he struggled to...

Posted Monday, 25 May 2020 ‐ CNN

(CNN)Vanessa Bryant, wife of the late Kobe Bryant, shared a sweet moment this Memorial Day weekend -- a film of their baby daughter's first steps. In a video posted to Instagram, 11-month-old Capri stumbles across the room for the first time, into the...

Posted Monday, 25 May 2020 ‐ CNN

(CNN)With two barren peaks that rise only about 170 feet above sea level, the now extinct Pūhāhonu volcano in the Northwestern Hawaii Islands doesn't look like much. This is especially true since in the same archipelago, Mauna Loa towers over every...

Posted Monday, 25 May 2020 ‐ CNN

(CNN)Photos and video of Memorial Day weekend celebrations across the US showed plenty of people going to the beach and gathering on boardwalks, but not a lot of people social distancing or wearing masks. From Florida to Indiana and across the country to ...

Posted Monday, 25 May 2020 ‐ CNN

Hong Kong (CNN Business)An online grocery business backed by Asia's richest man is expanding to hundreds of cities across India — a move widely seen as a challenge to Amazon (AMZN) and FlipKart.JioMart, the grocery platform owned by Mukesh Ambani's Jio ...

Posted Monday, 25 May 2020 ‐ CNN

(Kaiser Health News)As states relax coronavirus restrictions, older adults are advised, in most cases, to keep sheltering in place. But for some, the burden of isolation and uncertainty is becoming hard to bear.This "stay at home awhile longer" advice...

Posted Monday, 25 May 2020 ‐ CNN

(CNN)As warm weather sends people outdoors, some are encountering tenacious pests with no respect for social distance. Forget staying 6 feet apart: Ticks go for blood in the hardest-to-reach places on the human body. Many of those ticks are infected with ...

Posted Monday, 25 May 2020 ‐ CNN

(CNN)At a glance, it may look like many Americans have long forgotten about the dangers of coronavirus.Crowds packed beaches in Florida, Maryland, Georgia, Virginia and Indiana over the weekend -- many venturing out without masks and others failing to...

Posted Monday, 25 May 2020 ‐ CNN

(CNN)At first glance, Shelley Allwang's cubicle looks just like any other office space.But alongside a pinboard full of tchotchkes and a photo of her dog, sits a story that reminds Allwang of the importance of her job, now more than ever. "The Boy and...