Martial arts hold used on teen before detention center death

ELIZABETHTOWN, Ky. (AP) — State officials say a martial arts hold was used on a Shelby County teenager hours before she was found dead at an Elizabethtown detention center.

Multiple news outlets report that Lincoln Village Juvenile Detention Center officials found 16-year-old Gynnya McMillen unresponsive in her cell Jan. 11.

Kentucky Department of Juvenile Justice spokesman Stacy Floden wrote in an email to the CBS program “48 Hours” Crimesider that the Aikido restraint was used because the girl refused to remove her sweatshirt so she could be searched during the booking process. An Aikido restraint typically immobilizes a person’s arm.

Officials have said it appears McMillen, who arrived at the detention center Jan. 10 after an alleged domestic dispute with her mother in Shelbyville, died in her sleep.

McMillen’s death remains under investigation.


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