Guards at a Miami juvenile lockup where a boy died of a burst appendix that went untreated were charged yesterday with falsifying documents relating to another inmate’s attempted suicide last week, says the Miami Herald. The charge emerged on the same day that the state Department of Juvenile Justice moved to fire a dozen workers for their failure to aid the dying boy. The department’s interim secretary announced reforms aimed at ensuring that detention workers are properly screened and that detainees are treated humanely.
At a legislative hearing, lockup secretary Cynthia Dominguez said that two detention workers had doctored records to make it appear they had been regularly monitoring a 16-year-old who had previously attempted suicide at the facility. In fact, she said they had not made the proper checks. The teenager managed to wrap a pillowcase around his throat. “Once again we’re looking at a coverup, or the beginning of a coverup,” said Rep. Mitch Needleman, a committee member.