State Denies Improper Restraint of Boy at Detention Center
CONCORD (AP) — State officials say an advocacy group's allegations of abuse and neglect at New Hampshire's youth detention center are unfounded and irresponsible.
The Disability Rights Center issued a report last week saying staff at the Sununu Youth Services Center used excessive force in December when they restrained and fractured the shoulder of a 14-year-old boy. The report also said further review revealed that staff routinely violated state law in using face-down restraints.
The state attorney general and commissioner of Health and Human Services responded Tuesday, accusing the center of cherry-picking information about the incident. They said the boy was verbally threatening staff and aggressively kicking and punching the door, and was injured when he and staffers fell to the floor.
The center's director said she is working on a response.