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INVESTIGATION: Teen at Ky. juvenile detention center died in her sleep, not from trauma

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A timeline provided by investigators regarding McMillen's time at the correctional facility and the events leading up to her death. A timeline provided by investigators regarding McMillen's time at the correctional facility and the events leading up to her death.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- An investigation found no trauma in the death of a 16-year-old girl at an Elizabethtown juvenile detention center.

Investigators looked at nearly 60 hours of surveillance video and concluded there was no foul play in McMillen's death.

"It was a tragedy that demanded decisive action from this cabinet," Justice and Public Safety Secretary John Tilley said.

The results of the investigation were released Wednesday and Gynnya McMillen's family finally got some answers in her death.

"I made a commitment then that we would do everything in our power and use our resources to find out what happened to this young lady," Tilley said.

Tilley talked with her family first, then released new details about her death. He says there was no trauma, instead she died in her sleep.

"In fact, medical examiners concluded that her death resulted from a rare heart condition known as sudden Cardiac Arrhythmia," he said.

McMillen was found unresponsive inside the Lincoln Village Juvenile Detention Center in January. Officials say she had been dead for three hours.

"While looking into this death, investigators uncovered a pattern of misconduct that over and over at Lincoln," Tilley said.

He says there was failure to provide adequate supervision and unprofessional behavior. Tilley says an employee who failed to perform the required bed checks was fired, two employees are on leave with plans for termination. He says three others are facing suspension and one has already resigned.

Tilley also said the former Commissioner of Juvenile Justice was let go.

"In fact, one employee offered the youth a sandwich and when she gave no reply, he closed the cell door and ate it himself," Tilley said.

McMillen was also physically restrained for about four minutes the day before she died in her cell. Tilley says restraint is designed to prevent injuries to children and staff.

"She was not restrained for failure to remove her jacket. She was restrained from not consenting to a pat down search," Barney Kinman, the Internal Investigations Branch Director, said.

The Department of Juvenile Justice says it has never released video, but for this case, the family will receive the full, unedited video once Kentucky State Police finishes its investigation.

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