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Delonte Parker’s mother, identified in hearing notices as “Ms. Parker,” illustrated the chairman’s point.

She testified her son was shuttled from a facility in Pennsylvania to one in Summerville, S.C., without her knowledge. Her requests to visit Delonte were denied, she said.

“I continued to push and push and push,” Ms. Parker said. “I was told there was no funding. I was willing to pay to go on my own. It was just every excuse in the book, to me.”

She said her son has apologized for his recent actions, but told her he had to leave the facility because of inattentive staff and the mix of seriously troubled youth at the Southern facility.

Mr. Stanley acknowledged that youths perform better when they are closer to home, so he is working on a program to reduce the number of out-of-state placements and take a closer look at the youths placed outside the District.

He also promised to set up roundtable discussions to hear from parents of DYRS wards, document signs of gang activity, and analyze the efficacy of youth programs.

“It’s not just about providing services,” Mr. Stanley said. “We’ve got to know if those services work.”

Mr. Graham also scrutinized the juvenile justice qualifications of Capt. Steven Baynes, a longtime U.S. Coast Guard professional appointed to the superintendent post at New Beginnings.

The chairman signaled he would look into the appointment after Namon Reid III, acting superintendent at the facility from October to April, testified he was disciplined and terminated after the April 18 escape to make way for Capt. Baynes.

Mr. Reid said Mr. Stanley placed him on administrative leave because he did not awake to phone calls on the night of the escape.

According to Mr. Reid, Carey was able to swipe the beaten officer’s radio tag to get through seven doors of the facility and bypassed 12 cameras. He walked over to the school building to retrieve an unsecured ladder from the workshop.

“No one, with the exception of me, has been subjected to any discipline, and I wasn’t even at the facility,” Mr. Reid said.

Mr. Reid accused Mr. Stanley and deputy director Barry Holman of posting the New Beginnings job twice, in October and again in late March. The second posting did not contain a portion about relevant experience in juvenile justice, which Mr. Reid deemed a rigged system to opt for Capt. Baynes.

“DYRS is facing critical challenges at this time,” he said. “(Mr. Stanley) and Barry Holman are the wrong people to lead this critical agency.”

Mr. Stanley said he was aware the posting changed, but it is not unusual for any agency to update their job announcements. He told Mr. Graham he would look into the particulars of Mr. Reid’s complaint.