FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) – Kentucky’s justice secretary says a teenager in state custody died in her sleep from a rare heart condition, not as a result of a martial arts hold that was used to restrain her.
Justice Secretary John Tilley told a news conference Wednesday that investigations uncovered no evidence of foul play in 16-year-old Gynnya McMillen’s death in January at Lincoln Village Juvenile Detention Center.
Tilley and other investigators attending the news conference said surveillance video showed the teenager walking and interacting with staff hours after the Aikido restraint was used when she refused to consent to a pat down.
Aikido is a self-defense technique not meant to injure an attacker.
While the investigation found no evidence of foul play, Tilly said investigators uncovered employee misconduct, including failure to complete regular bed checks and falsification of information logs.
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