Two staff injured in fracas at Hickey

Kids swung chairs, state officials say

September 27, 2006|By Greg Garland | Greg Garland,SUN REPORTER

Two workers at the Charles H. Hickey Jr. School for juvenile offenders were hurt Monday when two teens struck them with chairs as the staff members were trying to subdue a third youth, officials said yesterday.

Albin Stewart, 57, a residential adviser, suffered a broken nose, broken tooth and other facial injuries during the struggle at the state-run detention center in Baltimore County, according to Edward Hopkins, a spokesman for the Department of Juvenile Services.

Another residential adviser, Anthony Izagbo, 49, sustained "bumps and bruises," Hopkins said. Both youths - ages 15 and 17 - had a history of assaulting staff, he said.

Before the assault, 21 youths from the Clinton Hall dormitory had been outside on a recreation field, Hopkins said. A fight broke out between two youths who had to be separated.

After returning to Clinton Hall, Hopkins said, one youth involved in the fight resisted attempts by staff to handcuff him so he could be moved to a different dormitory. He said the staff members were attacked by two other youths as the workers struggled with the boy who was resisting being moved from Clinton Hall.

The incident is under investigation by Maryland State Police and internal investigators with the Juvenile Services Department, Hopkins said.

The juvenile services spokesman said authorities also are investigating an incident Sunday at the Cheltenham Youth Center in Prince George's County in which a boy was injured during a fight among a group of youths playing basketball.

The youth claimed he was hurt by a staff member who choked him and slammed him to the floor, Hopkins said. He said authorities are still investigating the incident, but have "turned up no information to support the youth's claim he was injured by staff."

Hopkins said witnesses to the assault have told state police and internal investigators that the injured youth was struck by another boy during the fight on the basketball court.

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