Ja’Ceon Terry’s death was from suffocation at Kentucky Youth Center


LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The death of a 7-year-old boy at a children’s residential center in Kentucky has been assessed as murder by a medical examiner and two center employees have been fired.

The Jefferson County coroner’s office has determined that Ja’Ceon Terry died on July 17 of “positional asphyxia,” meaning his posture prevented him from breathing. It provided no further 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 employees at Brooklawn, a pediatric treatment center in Louisville. The facility provides care for “Kentucky’s most vulnerable youth and their families,” and provides therapeutic foster care to children recovering from the effects of abuse and neglect, the website states.

No charges were filed in the case Monday.

Louisville Metro Police spokesman Aaron Ellis said the matter is the subject of an ongoing investigation.

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