Three South Carolina Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) employees have now been suspended after an inmate’s suicide over the weekend.
Agency spokeswoman Loretta Neal said in an email that the inmate died the night before while detained at DJJ’s detention center. The Richland County Coroner’s Office said the teen died from asphyxiation due to hanging himself.
While the coroner’s office did provide the 16-year-old’s name, South Carolina Radio Network usually does not identify minors who commit suicide. The teen was being held on an adult charge of first degree burglary at the time of his death.
Neal said the three employees were placed on suspension while the matter is fully investigated.
“Any time a young person dies it is a tragedy, especially under circumstances like this,” she wrote. “DJJ extends its deepest sympathy and condolences to the family of the young man.”
Neal did not say why the three employees were suspended. SLED does not comment on ongoing investigations.