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On Jan. 31, Donte Jones, age 16, was arrested, charged and housed in the Bladen County jail amongst the adult population. He was charged with attempted murder for defending his mother against his stepfather, Kevin White. The altercation allegedly derived from a domestic violence dispute. Mr. White was later arrested on March 21 for assault by pointing a gun, communicating a threat, and misdemeanor larceny. He was placed in the same unit as Donte.

Ms. Curie, Donte’s motgher, immediately notified Officer Hatchett at the Bladen County Jail, who assured Ms. Currie that Mr. Jones and Mr. White would be separated. Officers neglected to follow through and Mr. White attacked the teen on March 29. Both were charged with simple assault and never faced each other in court. The charges were dropped. Donte was held at the adult facility for 106 days, then transferred to Sampson County Jail on May 16.

Juveniles are not to be housed in the adult population in Bladen County Jail. Both parties were highly volatile causing neglect of safety precaution. White is currently held at Columbus County Jail for a total of nine new charges as of May 24, ranging from attempted robbery with a dangerous weapon to felony possession of cocaine.

It is unfortunate again that our youth are subjected to such neglect even within the justice system and by law enforcement.

The safety of juveniles is a concern. Law Enforcement must use preventive measures to insure safety.

Ms. Curie is requesting a thorough investigation.

Kimberly Muktarian

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