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Brawl breaks out between group of teens at juvenile detention home


ELYRIA – Authorities are investigating a brawl that broke out Sunday morning at the Lorain County Juvenile Detention home.

Juvenile Court Administrator Jody Barilla said the melee involved between nine and 10 inmates being held at the facility for crimes ranging from misdemeanors and felonies. They were between 15 and 17 years old, she said.

The fight broke out in the boy’s dayroom at the facility on South Murray Ridge Road, but exactly what the caused it remains under investigation, she said.

“We’re still trying to sort all that out,” Barilla said.

She also said it’s not entirely clear yet which of the 33 boys being held at the Detention Home were in the room and who was directly involved in the scuffle.

“It was not our whole population and not all the kids participated,” she said.

There were minor injuries to the some of those involved, but Barilla said only a few were treated by a nurse at the facility. No one was transported to the hospital.

Barilla said county Sheriff’s deputies were called to the scene to help break up the brawl, but by the time they arrived Detention Home staff had the situation under control.

She said those suspected of involvement were put into isolation for the day, which at the Detention Home means they were put in their individual rooms.

Detention Home workers are determining who was involved, including reviewing video of the incident. Barilla said the video must be vetted by prosecutors before it can be made public.

Once a report on the incident is completed, she said it will be forwarded to county Prosecutor Dennis Will’s office for a final determination on what, if any, charges will be filed.

 Contact Brad Dicken at 329-7147 or bdicken@chroniclet.com.

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