FRANKFORT, Ky. – State justice officials say Kentucky's juvenile justice commissioner has been relieved of his duties amid an investigation into a teenager's death at a state detention center.
The Justice and Public Safety Cabinet says Commissioner Bob Hayter was let go and an employee who failed to carry out required bed checks on the youth has been dismissed.
The teenager, 16-year-old Gynnya McMillen of Shelby County, was found unresponsive in her cell at Lincoln Village Juvenile Detention Center in Hardin County on Jan. 11. State juvenile justice officials recently said a martial arts hold was used on the teenager hours before she was found dead.
The cabinet says state investigations into the death are close to being completed.
WPFL radio in Louisville first reported the dismissal.