Month: August 2013

Public defender: girls doped up with “booty juice” injections at state-licensed lockup

A punch that a Pembroke Pines police officer threw at a mentally ill 14-year-old girl in state custody has sparked an investigation of conditions at a local youth psychiatric facility. During the April 28 incident, partially caught on surveillance video, a police officer punched the girl in the face — after the girl appeared to…

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Abuse allegations against Pines treatment center for minors

An inpatient psychiatric treatment center for minors in Pembroke Pines is accused by the Broward Public Defender’s Office of abusing patients with physical restraints and injected drugs. Broward Chief Assistant Public Defender Gordon H. Weekes Jr. asked Esther Jacobo, interim secretary of Florida’s Department of Children and Families, in a letter Thursday to investigate the Citrus…

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