The kid was a persistent kid." He said Chad Libby, county probation services director, is looking into the matter.
Marsico said Stern's legs were unshackled, but not his wrists, when he asked to use the bathroom. Haste said the escapes are among other matters scrutinized when the county's contract with Abraxas comes up for review annually.
A former Washington County juvenile probation officer has sued the county, its president judge and other officials, saying he was fired after he blew the whistle about allegedly inappropriate placement of children in detention facilities.
According to the lawsuit, David Scrip, of Monongahela, worked for 25 years as a juvenile probation officer before he was fired in February for disregarding Judge ODell Senecas orders to halt accusations that his supervisor, Dan Clements, was having a romantic relationship with Beth Stutzman, a recruiter for Abraxas. Scrip alleges that he and other probation officers were pressured to make recommendations to the court that youths be placed in an Abraxas facility, regardless of whether it was the best place for them.
When court officials became suspicious of the unexplained increase in placements in the facility, the officials were illegally recorded through a security system that had been placed in the courthouse under orders from Judge ODell Seneca, according to the lawsuit.
Judge ODell Seneca rigged the recording system to eavesdrop upon what was being said in the courtrooms of the Washington County courthouse, said lawyer Noah Geary in the lawsuit, filed Monday in the Common Pleas Court and also submitted to the U. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the Pennsylvania Human Rights Commission.
Amy Richards Harinath, county spokeswoman, said the teen was in custody of Abraxas Youth and Family Services personnel, with whom the county contracts for services.
"No county probation officers were present," she said. 19 of Malik Stern-Jones in Hall Manor, escaped at the Children's Resource Center, where he had been taken for an interview on an unrelated matter, District Attorney Ed Marsico said Tuesday.
Jeffrey Haste, chairman of the county commissioners, said anytime there is an escape, whether from work release or other custody, the county reviews procedures and how they occurred. Stern was serving time in a juvenile detention center in connection with a robbery charge, Marsico said.Haste said from what he has been told, detention officers "did mostly everything they normally do.Dauphin County probation officials are looking into how the 15-year-old charged in the shooting death of Malik Stern-Jones escaped from authorities' custody Aug. Also looking into the escape is Abraxas Youth and Family Services, in whose custody Niejea Stern had been Aug.5 when he escaped while at the Children's Resource Center in Harrisburg for questioning, said Pablo Paez of the GEO Group of Florida, who responded for Abraxas."This was a unique and unfortunate situation which is currently under investigation.Abraxas has had no other escapes from secure detention or secure treatment programs," Paez said, adding the company has had a 38-year partnership with Dauphin County.