Child advocates and attorneys who fight to protect from abuse teens and youths in the Florida juvenile justice system are watching closely the case of a teen who died at a drug treatment center in Pembroke Pines. The youth’s case also has raised the interest of police and state juvenile justice administrators.
The 17-year-old boy was housed at the center for delinquent youths, having been ordered there by the courts. The private “Broward Youth Treatment Center” is contracted by the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice.
According to an incident report from the Department of Juvenile Justice, the teen was driven from the center to Memorial Hospital in Pembroke Pines at 11:40 p.m. Doctors there pronounced him dead after midnight.
“A news release from the Pembroke Pines Police Department on Tuesday said an autopsy had been conducted, and, pending the completion of toxicology tests, ‘there is no foul play suspected at this time,'” according to the Miami Herald.