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Staffers fired after teen commits suicide at Manatee Co. juvenile detention center

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The Manatee Regional Juvenile Detention Center is making some serious changes after a teen committed suicide.

On June 10, a staffer peeked into the room of 15-year-old Alleny Carbone and found her unconscious from a suicide attempt.

Over the next few moments, staffers frantically ran in and out, and finally someone called 911.

Carbone barely had a pulse and she later died of cardiac arrest.

The Florida Department of Juvenile Justice conducted a lengthy investigation.

The agency learned in the weeks leading up to the death, Carbone was feeling suicidal and had made an attempt to harm herself.

Investigators discovered a supervisor did not properly report her suicide attempt to authorities, and Carbone did not receive the required counseling she needed.

On the night of June 10, staffers failed to properly conduct 10 minute checks on her room to look after her.

Officials say Juvenile Justice Detention Officer Supervisor Frisner Bien-Aime was fired.

Juvenile Detention officer Kacha Allen has been placed on no youth contact and is facing disciplinary action, which could include termination.

Designated Mental Health Clinician Authority Chima Hope-Lubin’s employment at the facility has been terminated and the DJJ’s Office of Health Services is reviewing the report for possible referral to the Florida Department of Health.

The Bradenton Police department is still investigating this case. 

The Florida Department of Juvenile Justice released a statement which said in part:

First and foremost, it is heartbreaking that this young lady tragically died at such a young age. We send our condolences and deepest sympathies to Alleny’s family and all those that cared for her.

DJJ is committed to the safety and security of all youth in our facilities. The Department is conducting a thorough review of facility operating procedures related to suicide prevention and mental health services. All detention staff have participated in a review of the ten-minute check policy and the correct way to perform room checks. In addition, facility operating procedure regarding room checks has been revised to provide clarification and ensure proper room checks are performed.

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