The juvenile detention center employee connected to the death of 16-year-old Gynnya McMillen in Elizabethtown, Ky. has been fired, reports BuzzFeed. Supervisor Reginald Windham, a longtime employee of the Lincoln Village Juvenile Detention Center, amassed a record of misconduct, including charges of excessive force and negligence.
Windham wasn’t the only staff member to be fired. Bob Hayter, the commissioner of the Department of Juvenile Justice, was also let go. The site first reported on Windham’s questionable record, which constituted five reprimands amassed since his date of employment beginning in Feb. 2005.
BuzzFeed News first reported Friday that Windham had been reprimanded or disciplined in five instances in the past for excessive force and incompetency in failing to adhere to the department and facility’s medical protocols, according to his personnel records obtained through an open-records request.
“Before news accounts late Friday, the Justice Cabinet was not made aware that the employee’s work record included previous disciplinary actions,” according to a statement from the Justice and Public Safety Cabinet. “While these disciplinary actions were not connected to the death, they reveal a pattern of unacceptable behavior for someone who supervises youth.”
The statement did not detail the reasons for Hayter’s termination.
The Kentucky State Police and the Justice Cabinet’s Internal Investigations Branch is nearing the completion of its investigation into the death of Gynnya McMillen, who was found unresponsive in her cell on Jan. 11.
McMillen arrived at the facility after she was arrested on Jan. 10 in a reported domestic incident involving a parent. After entering the detention center, McMillen reportedly refused to take off a sweatshirt so that staff could search her person and take her photograph.
The teenager was placed in a martial arts restraint hold during the incident, and the staff waited 11 minutes after McMillen was dead to administer CPR.
Officials from the Kentucky State Police and the Justice Cabinet’s Internal Investigations Branch say it will be completing its investigation soon and will release as many details they are legally allowed to the public.
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