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Teens In Custody, Van Driver Strangled

Posted at 1:59 PM, Jan 07, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-07 18:29:54-05

Multiple teenage girls have been taken to a detention center in Putnam County after a van driver was allegedly strangled.

The incident happened Thursday when a van driver was driving five girls back from a counseling session.

The teens have been staying at the Chance Residential Center for those with emotional issues and behavioral problems.

According to reports, the van driver was overpowered and strangled to the point of unconsciousness. Authorities said when she regained consciousness, she called for help.

Officials said the girls were taken to a detention center, but no further details were immediately available.

The Chance Residential Center has been operated by the Upper Cumberland Human Resource Agency, a private provider for the Department of Children’s Services.

Authorities said those with DCS Internal Affairs were looking into the situation.