A 17-year-old youth jumped from a car being driven by a staff member yesterday as they were returning to the Charles H. Hickey Jr. School for young criminal offenders in Baltimore fTC County, the third escape in a week.
The youth and the staff member were returning from a recreational outing about 5:30 p.m. when the youth jumped out of the car at the intersection of Cub Hill and Old Harford roads, said Carol Hyman, a spokeswoman for the state Department of Juvenile Services.
On Friday, three youths overpowered a worker, took her keys and fled the facility in her car. On Tuesday night, a counselor received serious head injuries after being attacked by a youth in a melee that led to the escape of four teen-agers. Six of those youths are still missing, Ms. Hyman said.
State officials decided last week to terminate the $17 million contract with Rebound Inc., a Colorado-based private company that has run the Hickey school for a little more than a year. On Friday, Gov. William Donald Schaefer ordered state troopers to patrol the school. Officials at both Rebound and the state Department of Juvenile Services insisted that the contract was not terminated because of the three escapes.