Officials Vow to Correct Flaws in Procedure Surrounding Death of Region 8 Teen at Youth Lockup

JUNE 16, 2005 - Posted at 7:48 a.m. CDT

LITTLE ROCK, AR - Some lawmakers are not happy that no one at the state's Alexander Youth Services Center has been disciplined over lapses that preceded a northeast Arkansas teenager's death at the youth lock-up.  A legislative committee heard yesterday from state Department of Human Services officials who outlined plans to correct procedural failures before the death of 17-year-old Lakeisha Brown of Osceola.

Corrective action planned after Brown's April 9 death includes stronger medical protocols, closer observation of children with medical complaints and appropriate treatment.

Brown died after a blood clot moved into her lungs.  An internal investigation by the Division of Youth Services suggested that medical personnel and others may not have responded properly to the girl's complaints that she was ill.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)