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County investigating apparent suicide at juvenile at detention facility

County investigating apparent suicide at juvenile at detention facility

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Dennis Kornwolf Service Center

The Racine County Dennis Kornwolf Service Center.

RACINE — Racine County officials confirmed that a death occurred in the Racine County Juvenile Detention Center on Sunday.

The Racine County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the death with full cooperation of the Detention Center staff and supervisors, according to a Racine County news advisory.

The release stated the death was an apparent suicide.

“We are devastated,” said Hope Otto, Racine County Human Services director. “We consider kids in our juvenile detention program like family, and we take very seriously the responsibility of protecting and improving the lives of our youth.”

The juvenile was found unresponsive in her cell during the night. Life-saving measures were immediately performed by detention staff.

No further information is available at this time due to the ongoing investigation.

“This is the first such occurrence in the history of the Racine County Juvenile Detention Center,” Otto said. “We also know it doesn’t compare to what this child’s family is going through. We extend our deepest condolences to family and friends and will continue to work with them as the investigation continues.”

The Detention Center is located in the county’s Dennis Kornwolf Service Center located at 1717 Taylor Ave.

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