Florida Dept. of Juvenile Justice engaged in 'cover-up' after shootout involving 2 children, sheriff says

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VOLUSIA COUNTY, Fla. (WFLA) — 8 On Your Facet is studying extra concerning the two kids concerned in a shootout with Florida deputies earlier this month.

Chilling physique digital camera video launched by the Volusia County Sheriff’s Workplace exhibits a deputy reply to a name involving the 2 troubled kids who ended up firing on him and several other different deputies.

One of many shooters is a 14-year previous lady who ought to have been in a safe facility, in accordance with Volusia County Sheriff Michael J. Chitwood. As an alternative, she and her 12-year previous confederate had been in a gaggle residence.

At simply 14 years previous, the lady – who we’re not figuring out – had greater than 30 prior run-ins with the regulation. Paperwork launched by the Volusia County Sheriff’s Workplace present she allegedly stole, destroyed property, kicked, attacked and pulled a knife on varied victims.

Two months earlier than the shootout, Sheriff Chitwood says the lady set a number of fires. However as an alternative of being held accountable, he says, she was launched.

Finally, the younger girl ended up in an unsecured group residence.

The Florida Division of Juvenile Justice advised 8 On Your Facet a choose is the one who decides who will get launched. Nonetheless, we have uncovered there was no choose on this case.

“What the hell is the Division of Juvenile Justice doing sending these children to locations that may’t deal with them?” Sheriff Chitwood mentioned throughout a information convention hours after the shootout. “You actually must be exposing the Division of Juvenile Justice.”

Josefina Tamayo is the appearing secretary of the Florida Division of Juvenile Justice. We emailed her and referred to as the DJJ concerning the sheriff’s claims.

She did not reply, however her spokeswoman Amanda Slama did.

Ms. Slama advised 8 On Your Facet she could not get into specifics, however claimed DJJ didn’t make this determination.  

Quickly after, Sheriff Chitwood responded on-line.

“When the Division of Juvenile Justice was questioned by a reporter concerning the children who opened fireplace on my deputies, they did not need to admit that they reduce the 14-year-old unfastened the final time she was charged with a severe crime,” Sheriff Chitwood wrote on Fb.

The sheriff wrote that the DJJ had “chosen to lie” as an alternative of telling us the reality.

In response to Sheriff Chitwood, the lady “by no means noticed a choose” after setting the fires “as a result of DJJ decided her crimes weren’t severe sufficient.”

Sheriff Chitwood says this is not an remoted case. He is now calling on the DJJ to just accept the very fact there’s a disaster throughout the system that shouldn’t be coated up.

Deputies say they had been beneath fireplace for 35 minutes. When the lady pointed a shotgun at them, they are saying, they had been compelled to shoot her. She’s secure and recovering.

Each kids are dealing with fees for first-degree tried homicide of a regulation enforcement officer.

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