- Associated Press - Friday, March 18, 2016

ELIZABETHTOWN, Ky. (AP) - Two Elizabethtown juvenile detention center employees have been indicted on misdemeanor charges after an investigation into a teenage girl’s death that authorities said was caused by a heart condition.

A Hardin County grand jury on Thursday indicted Reginald Wyndham and Victor Holt. Each faces one count of second-degree official misconduct stemming from what authorities said was their failure to perform bed checks on 16-year-old Gynnya McMillen of Shelby County, The News-Enterprise reported (https://bit.ly/1pQAgYb).

McMillen was found unresponsive in her cell at Lincoln Village Juvenile Detention Center on Jan. 11. An autopsy report said the girl died in her sleep from a rare heart condition known as sudden cardiac arrhythmia.

Young said nothing the two did “led to her death” or could have prevented her death.

John Tilley, secretary of the state Justice Cabinet, said employee misconduct regarding the bed checks occurred multiple times during McMillen’s Lincoln Village stay of about 24 hours. Bed checks are required to be done every 15 minutes.

“What we determined was the highest number of bed checks missed was when they were on duty while (McMillen) was there,” Young said.

The charge against each employee is punishable by up to 90 days in jail and a fine of up to $250.

Wyndham was fired from his position at Lincoln Village early in the investigation. Holt’s employment status was not available. It is unclear if either has an attorney.


Information from: The News-Enterprise, https://www.thenewsenterprise.com

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