Ja’Ceon Terry’s death is due to suffocation at Kentucky Youth Center

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The death of a 7-year-old boy at a Kentucky children’s residential center has been ruled a homicide by a medical examiner, and two center workers have been fired.

The Jefferson County Coroner’s Office determined that Ja’Ceon Terry died on July 17 of “positional asphyxia,” meaning his body position prevented him from breathing. He provided no other details other than that the child was pronounced dead in a hospital.

At the time of his death, Ja’Ceon was in the care of workers at Brooklawn, a children’s treatment center in Louisville. The facility provides care for “Kentucky’s most vulnerable young people and their families,” providing therapeutic foster care for children recovering from the effects of abuse and neglect, its website says.

As of Monday, no charges had been filed in the case.

Louisville Metro Police spokesman Aaron Ellis said the matter is under ongoing investigation.


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