Physical restraints, emotional abuse and ‘waterboarding’ children: A 7-year-old’s death exposes allegations at youth facility

There had been allegations of wrongdoing at Brooklawn, a foster care facility in Louisville, Kentucky, and its sister campus for several years before Ja’Ceon Terry suffocated to death.

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Ja’Ceon Terry was 7 years old when he suffocated to death in the care of people who were supposed to look after him when his parents could not.

The boy was a ward of the state and had been staying at Brooklawn, a foster care facility in Louisville, Kentucky, for children with mental and behavioral needs, when he died July 17 of “positional asphyxia,” according to the Jefferson County Coroner’s Office.

On the day Ja’Ceon died, a program manager recalled being told that the child had been held in a chokehold by two employees and that he began to vomit, according to a source with knowledge of the encounter.

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