Juvenile Detention Guard Charged With Helping Girls Escape

An Okeechobee, Fla., juvenile detention center was jailed Tuesday night for allegedly helping two 16-year-old girls escape from the facility, authorities said.

Jeffrey Lamar King, 21, helped the girls escape just before midnight Monday, sheriff's deputies said. King was supposed to contact the facility's front office with a head count, but when no one heard from him, other employees went to the dorm and found that he and two of the girls were missing.

King had been assigned to the night shift at the facility, supervising a dorm of 15 girls, the Palm Beach Post reported.

King turned himself in to authorities on Tuesday. He was charged with two counts each of voluntary escape by officer, interference of child custody, contributing to the delinquency of a minor and child neglect. He remained in custody with no bail set.

Authorities did not release the crimes that the girls had been originally incarcerated for, but said they have been charged with escape, the Palm Beach Post reported.

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The Associated Press contributed to this report.