- Associated Press - Thursday, August 7, 2014

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - The Tennessee Department of Children’s Services has asked the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation to review two suicides that happened within a month of each other at a facility for delinquent youths.

The Tennessean (https://tnne.ws/1pe2Grl) reports DCS chief Jim Henry asked the TBI and the Tennessee Commission on Children and Youth to review what happened in both incidents at the Mountain View Youth Development Center in East Tennessee.

An 18-year-old male died Saturday after hanging himself at the facility. Officials haven’t released his name. That incident came about three weeks after 16-year-old Brandon Green also hanged himself.

Both deaths are under investigation by Dandridge police, a special investigations unit at DCS and medical examiners.

The deaths come a year after multiple problems at DCS led to a reorganization and a change in leadership.

“We want to make sure that we take a complete look at the circumstances surrounding these tragic, heartbreaking incidents,” Henry said.

Brandon Greene’s mother, Christine Greene, said her son had been on suicide watch, but was taken off in the days before his death and she’s heard conflicting stories about her son’s death.

“So far, I have heard six different stories as to how, with what, when and how they found him. Six different stories. And Mountain View has yet to call me and tell me what happened.”

Mountain View houses 115 teenage boys from across the state. It is one of three detention centers for youth in Tennessee.


Information from: The Tennessean, https://www.tennessean.com

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