State Agrees To Pay $250,000 To Parents Of Teen Who Died In DCS Custody

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - The state of Tennessee has agreed to pay $250,000 to the parents of a teenager who died while in the custody of the Department of Children's Services.

Kendall Oates was 18 years old when he suffered a seizure and died at the Woodland Hills Developmental Center in Nashville in May of 2012.

There are questions about why the Brentwood teenager who had a seizure disorder was ever sent to a facility that houses some of the most violent youth offenders in the state. Oates was admitted into state custody after smashing a cell phone and lunging at his father.

The investigation found that a judge twice ordered that Oates be moved to a facility that could better take care of his medical needs.

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