Law enforcement called for disturbance at youth facility in Somerville

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Law enforcement was called in to restore order during a “disturbance” Sunday at the Wilder Youth Development Center in Fayette County.

Multiple youths were involved in an incident that began around 5 p.m. at the youth detention facility in Somerville, said Jennifer Donnals with the state Department of Children’s Services.

Order was restored at 9 p.m., Donnals said.

She did not share specifics about what happened, but said 11 18-year-old’s were arrested and taken to the Fayette County Jail by state troopers. They were all charged.

No one escaped and all 109 of the youths at the facility were accounted for by later in the evening.

The Fayette County Sheriff’s Office and Tennessee Highway Patrol secured the perimeter. THP provided strike teams and air support. Tennessee Department of Correction also sent a strike team to assist.

Donnals said no staff members were injured. The incident is under investigation.

The Wilder Youth Development Center in Somerville is a 210-bed facility serving delinquent male youth, ages 14-18, according to a state website.
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