A guard at a Northwest Florida juvenile prison was arrested after surveillance video caught her savagely attacking a 15-year-old girl, the Miami Herald reports.
Click on the link above to see video of the attack.
While the attack got 33-year-old Shannon Linn Abbott arrested by the Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office on a battery charge, she was bailed out and put back on the job–supervising children. The revelation lead the Department of Juvenile Justice to ask the privately managed Milton Girls Juvenile Residential Facilities‘ director to remove the guard from all access to children.
“It is our expectation, at the very least, that this staff member will have no contact with youth in any of our programs,” wrote Laura K. Moneyham, a DJJ assistant secretary.
“We are deeply concerned that the incident, as depicted in the video . . . contradicts its description to us by officials representing the facility,” Wansley Walters, DJJ secretary, said of the Aug. 9 incident. “We are also troubled that the facility did not officially report the incident to DJJ until two days after it occurred, and only when the victim called the [Department of Children & Families] abuse hotline. This lapse is inexplicable.”
Abbott’s attack is the third time in recent years that a worker has been caught on camera abusing a child at a Florida juvenile justice facility.
Here is more on how the attack unfolded, as reported by The Herald:
According to a police report, the 15-year-old detainee, who is not identified, was being escorted by Abbott, who was holding the girl’s elbows as they walked. Most of what occurred during the alleged assault was captured by DJJ surveillance cameras, which are installed in most youth facilities.