Boy complaining of illness found dead at center
The Salt Lake Tribune
Draper police are investigating the Thursday morning death of a 14-year-old resident of a center for troubled teens, said Sgt. Gerald Allred, a police spokesman.
About 3 a.m., the boy fell ill and complained about having stomach and bowel problems, Allred said. Center staff placed the teen in a separate room to prevent other children from getting sick.
Staff tried to wake the boy around 7 a.m. and found him dead.
"We are interviewing everyone involved who was in the unit at the time," Allred said. "We are not ruling out anything at this point." Police are awaiting an autopsy.
In February, the boy entered the private facility, which counsels teens needing special attention or help with learning or personality issues, Allred said.
"[Teens] are put in there by their parents, to teach them the extra skills they need," Allred said.
The Division of Child and Family Services licenses the facility but will not review the case until after the police investigation is concluded, said division spokeswoman Carol Sisco.
This is fucked up. No ambulance, no medical care, they just dumped him in a different room and left him there to die. Can you imagine how agonizing his last hours must have been? All alone in the dark with the pain growing worse by the hour until you see the Reaper is not a fun way to go.
It sucks to be a boy in this world. It sucks to be a member of the disposable sex.