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Omega Leach, 17
Ashland City, Tennessee
June 03, 2007

Agencies: Oak Plains Academy Tennessee | Department of Human Services Nashville Tennessee

Last updated: 8 months ago

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The City of Philadelphia decided a trip south was best for Omega Leach, an angry teenager who got in trouble for stealing a car. Leach was sent to the Chad Youth Enhancement Center outside Nashville, a mental-health facility for troubled teenagers approved by the city’s Department of Human Services. Leach had a confrontation with staff member. He tried to choke one counselor, and another staffer pushed Leach facedown to the floor and pulled his arms behind his back. A surveillance camera showing a Chad mental-health technician with both hands around Leach’s neck as he pinned him to the floor. Leach had “multiple hemorrhages” of his neck muscles. Tennessee treatment center has settled a federal lawsuit against the facility for $10.5 million. Murdered by Chad Youth Enhancement counselor

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February 2010 Settlement $10.5million