DJJ: Inmate injured in YDC fight released from hospital

Richmond County YDC
Jade Holder, 19, died after being attacked in the Augusta Youth Development Campus. (WRDW-TV / Nov. 9, 2011)
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Friday, Dec. 7, 2012

AUGUSTA, Ga. -- The juvenile inmate who was assaulted last week at the Augusta Youth Development Campus has been released from the hospital.

The Department of Juvenile Justice says the 15-year-old male is recovering from cuts and bruises.

Two males were involved in the fight. No one else was involved or injured.

The DJJ plans on recommending felony charges for the inmate who assaulted the injured 15-year-old. Neither inmate will return to the YDC and will both be headed to separate facilities within the DJJ system.

A team from the Georgia Bureau of Investigation is working on the case after DJJ Commissioner Avery Niles asked them to step in.

The facility was on lockdown following the fight but that status has since been removed.

Niles says he plans to hire a new full-time director at the facility before the end of the month.

The investigation is expected to continue several weeks.

This isn't the first time the Augusta YDC has seen problems. Just last year, 19-year-old Jade Holder was killed during a brutal beating inside the facility's walls. Since then, Michael Everidge has been convicted of his murder. News 12 was able to uncover corruption and other wrongdoings at the YDC. Click here to read more about this investigation.

In October of this year, five inmates escaped from the facility due to a broken lock that went unreported. All five inmates were later taken back into custody. Click here to read more about the escape investigation.

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