Sunday, July 13, 2014
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A transgender girl has been moved to Connecticut's juvenile home for boys after she was accused of assault, the latest transfer of a troubled teenager who was sent to a psychiatric facility after supporters protested her confinement in a women's prison without criminal charges.
The Department of Children and Families said Sunday that the girl, identified only as Jane Doe, assaulted another youth and a staff member and destroyed property at the Children's Psychiatric Center in Middletown on Saturday night.
Officials said there is no "suitable place" at the psychiatric facility "that can ensure the safety of youths and staff" and moved her to the nearby Juvenile Training School, Connecticut's only secure facility for delinquent boys. She is in a single room separated from the other residents.
Gary Kleeblatt, a spokesman for the agency, said the unit at the psychiatric center where the girl had been held is the only secure, all-female facility run by the agency. He said he could not release details of the alleged assault.
The DCF statement said state police had been notified.
"We are confident they will take whatever action they deem is appropriate," the agency said.
Her lawyer, Aaron Romano, criticized the agency and Commissioner Joette Katz for issuing a news release rather than notifying him or other lawyers representing the youngster.
"I am shocked and disappointed at the commissioner," he said. "I question whether the commissioner should continue to be in her position if she believes in this litigation in the press."
Romano accused DCF of breaking promises to get therapy for his client and seek foster care.
"Nothing has materialized," he said.
The girl had been detained in the Connecticut adult women's prison without criminal charges and was moved last month to the psychiatric center.
She had been in DCF custody before being sent to jail. DCF officials said she was too violent for them to handle and asked a state judge to transfer her into Department of Correction custody as authorized by a seldom-used state law.
The judge approved the request in April.