Report: Philly Teen Murdered In Tennessee Youth Center

PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- A coroner's report says a troubled Philadelphia teenager who was sent to a Tennessee youth center died of strangulation after a confrontation with staff members.

The death of 17-year-old Omega Leach at the Chad Youth Enhancement Center near Clarksville on June 3rd has been ruled a homicide. The coroner found that Leach had multiple hemorrhages of his neck muscles.

Leach had scuffled with two staff members at the center. A sheriff's spokesman says a grand jury will have to decide if charges are warranted.

The Philadelphia Department of Human Services has sent scores of emotionally troubled youngsters to Chad since 2001, saying no Pennsylvania facility would take them.

The Philadelphia Inquirer says all but eight of those youngsters have been removed from Chad.

The center is owned by Universal Health Services Inc., a for-profit corporation based in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania.

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