Deputies: 16-Year-Old Returned To Mecklenburg County Juvenile Detention Center

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Sheriff McFadden says a 16-year-old was arrested Thursday night and returned to the Mecklenburg County Juvenile Detention Center after being wrongly released from custody.

“I am grateful for the efforts of all involved in the safe apprehension of the young man at issue,” says Sheriff McFadden. “MCSO will now see through our internal investigation, carefully
scrutinizing our processes, procedures and training to ensure that the mistakes that led to the erroneous release will never be repeated.”

Original Story (3/25/21):

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office has opened an investigation after staff released a 16-year-old juvenile from custody of the Mecklenburg County Juvenile Detention Center who should not have been let go.

Law enforcement officials say due to the strict confidentiality requirements pertaining to juvenile records, MSCO staff released this juvenile under adult charges, but did not look at his juvenile records that indicted he was being held on a secure custody order.

Officials say this temporary order requires the 16-year-old to remain in custody of the Mecklenburg County Juvenile Detention Center.

Sheriff McFadden says, “MCSO accepts full responsibility for this erroneous release. We are working diligently and urgently with our law enforcement partner agencies to find and return this young man to the Juvenile Detention Center. Parallel to those efforts, we have already initiated an internal investigation to determine how these errors occurred, who should be held accountable, and how we can continue to improve our processes and procedures.”

Deputies say the juvenile was additionally charged on Wednesday afternoon for motor vehicle offenses, and was charged as an adult pursuant to state law.

The 16-year-old was taken from the juvenile detention center to the arrest processing center to be served with these warrants, and a judge determined set terms and conditions for the juvenile’s release on these adult charges and he was sent back to the Juvenile Detention Center, according to a news release.

Officials say 16-year-old’s family arrived later that night prepared to meet those terms and conditions, and he was released into their custody after being brought back to the arrest processing center.

MSCO officials say staff should not have permitted his release due to the secure custody order, and will return the 16-year-old to the juvenile detention center.