16 year old Gynnya McMillen was found unresponsive in a Kentucky juvenile detention center on January 11th, and her family is left searching for answers both as to how she might have died, and whose negligence might have caused this tragedy. As we have seen all too often, local officials at the detention center have been conveniently tight-lipped in the aftermath of her tragedy.
According to CBS News, McMillen was found the morning of Jan. 11 at the Lincoln Valley Regional Juvenile Detention Center in Elizabethtown, Ky. But state and local officials have been tight-lipped as to what might have caused the teen’s death.
Hardin County, Ky., Coroner William Lee Jr. told CBS News Monday that “in an initial autopsy on Jan. 12, he saw no outward signs, such as ‘visual bruising,’ that could conclusively signal a cause of death.” Lee noted that full autopsy results won’t be available for weeks and added that it’s unlikely the teen suffered from a heart condition.
It’s unclear why Gynnya was being detained in a juvenile facility, but Karen Whaley, a residential counselor for Home of the Innocents, a Louisville, Ky.-based support-services agency, told the news site that the Gynnya she remembered was a “quiet, beautiful person.”
“Gynnya stayed to herself a whole lot,” Whaley told CBS News. “She didn’t bother anyone, she didn’t disturb anyone and didn’t kick up any fuss.”
With mounting questions and very few details, a woman claiming to be girl’s sister created the Facebook page Justice for Gynnya McMillen, in which she pleads for the release of information regarding McMillen’s death.
How much longer are we prepared to tolerate these repeated injustices?