Protesters on hand as Hardin County juvenile detention center employees appear in court
Black Lives Matter protesters showed up as two men appeared in court Friday morning in connection with the death of a 16-year-old at a Hardin County juvenile detention center.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Protesters showed up as two men appeared in court Friday morning in connection with the death of a 16-year-old at a Hardin County juvenile detention center.
Their attorney says they shouldn't be charged.
Reginald Wyndham and Victor Holt appeared in court this morning. The two Lincoln Village Juvenile Detention Center employees are accused of official misconduct stemming from what authorities say was their failure to perform regular bed checks on 16-year-old Gynnya McMillen.
But their attorney says they didn't do anything wrong.
"I believe that the evidence -- the documents requested -- will show that my clients' direct supervisor -- and actually the director of the facility -- not only approved of the procedures that my clients utilized, but in fact required my clients and other employees in the facility to use that procedure," said attorney J. Clark Baird.
McMillen was found unresponsive in her cell in January. An autopsy determined that she died in her sleep from a rare heart condition known as sudden cardiac arrhythmia.
Black Lives Matter protesters showed their support for the McMillen family outside the Hardin County courthouse this morning.
"It just upsets me that they have people working with people's children everyday that are not doing their job," said Lache Simms, McMillen's sister. "And I feel like anytime that someone is dealing with children and they are not doing their job, that they should be held accountable. Especially when a child loses her life."
Wyndham and Holt could face up to 90 days in jail and a fine of up to $250. They are expected back in court in June.
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