D.C. youth agency transfers teen who sought to report ‘terrible things’

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Cmdr. Kucik did not deny making the call but said, “Your facts are not totally correct.” He declined to elaborate.

Mr. White’s case notes show him in distress before the McInnis shooting. On March 3, 2011, he was accused of “Sexual Misconduct Major,” the notes state — a charge that was emailed to Mr. McInnis. Mr. White also had “multiple physical altercations” and a disciplinary hearing, after which he fled a group home on March 16, 2011.

Four days later, Mr. McInnis was shot. A couple of weeks after that, Mr. White was taken back into custody.

Mr. White’s sister and aunt, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said he takes medication for a psychiatric disorder that they did not identify and doubt what he is now telling authorities. But sources at DYRS say Mr. White consistently has maintained his claim since last year, when he first reported it to guards at the D.C. Jail — a claim that did not result in a report to the Child Family Services Agency until he recently repeated it to DYRS employees.

The employees have openly discussed a similar version of events since shortly after the shooting.

Other inquiries raise questions about the Metropolitan Police Department’s handling of the matter. The Times received a call last week from a police detective following up on information he received suggesting that Mr. McInnis had been out with other DYRS employees, including Mr. Stanley, on the night he was shot.

‘Began to shoot’

According to a police report, Mr. McInnis was at a Shell station in Northeast at 4 a.m. when a young black male approached the driver’s side of his car “and began to shoot.” Mr. McInnis escaped, drove to a different Shell station and asked the clerk to call police, the report states. He then got into his car and drove behind the gas station to wait.

The report does not say whether Mr. McInnis was accompanied by anyone or if there were any witnesses to the shooting.

Mrs. McCombs said Mr. White told her son that Mr. McInnis had been out the night of the shooting with Mr. Stanley and Walter Crawford, then a DYRS management liaison.

But photos and an entry log from the New York City Half-Marathon suggest that Mr. Stanley was in or on his way to New York on the night of the shooting. Mr. Crawford, now with the Office of the State Superintendent of Education, denied ever associating with Mr. McInnis or Mr. Stanley outside of work. He confirmed that a Metropolitan Police Department detective contacted him last week.

“I don’t know who has put my name in this mess,” he said. “I don’t know anything about this nonsense.”

John De Taeye, special assistant to D.C. Council member Jim Graham, Ward 1 Democrat and chairman of the Committee on Human Services, which has oversight of DYRS, denied any knowledge of the recent revelations, despite receiving a report from the same DYRS employee who reported the matter to the Child Family Services Agency.

“You know more than I do,” Mr. De Taeye said.

The office of Mayor Vincent C. Gray, which has stood by Mr. Stanley in the face of persistent complaints and concerns from DYRS employees, did not respond to requests for comment.

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