Florida juvenile home at center of deputy shootout to stop taking ‘at-risk’ kids

Florida juvenile home at center of deputy shootout to stop taking ‘at-risk’ kids


The Florida juvenile group home where a baby-faced “Bonnie and Clyde” escaped before getting into a shootout with deputies will stop accepting at-risk kids for at least 30 days, according to reports.

Officials at Florida United Methodist Children’s Home in Enterprise, where 12-year-old Travis O’Brien and 14-year-old Nicole Jackson fled Tuesday prior to allegedly breaking into a home and opening fire on Volusia County deputies for 35 minutes, said the “shocking” incident is prompting a reassessment of its services, WESH reported.

“This situation is tragic, and is the result of the system failing our children,” FUMCH president and CEO Kitwana McTyler said in a statement. “These children are in desperate need of care in the appropriate setting, which is a higher level of care than we provide.”

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The home will put a 30-day moratorium on its emergency shelter care program and “cease to provide that service” until administrators feel they can do so in a safe manner, McTyler said.

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