TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A private juvenile justice facility in the Florida Panhandle has terminated its residential contract with the state after a staff member was charged with battering a 15-year-old inmate.
Department of Juvenile Justice officials on Friday said many other children also have expressed concerns about their safety at the Milton Girls Academy. Milton is northeast of Pensacola.
The department on Dec. 12 released a surveillance video showing Shannon Abbott pushing the teenager into a wall, throwing her on the floor and laying on top of her for nearly 20 minutes in August.
Abbott has pleaded not guilty to a misdemeanor battery charge.
The contract will terminate at midnight Monday, and the department is in the process of moving the juveniles to other residential programs. The agency previously had frozen admissions.