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A juvenile victim died at the hospital after losing consciousness at the detention center, officials say.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — (The video above is from a previous report)
A juvenile complaint for involuntary manslaughter has been secured for the teen involved in the fight that resulted in the death of another juvenile at Waycross Regional Youth Detention Center, according to the GBI.
The victim died at the hospital after losing consciousness at the detention center, officials say.
In addition, GBI says Thomas Lee Hicks, 30, was charged with one count of murder in the 2nd degree, two counts of cruelty to children in the 2nd degree, and one count of violation of oath of office.
Hicks was a juvenile correctional officer in the Waycross RYDC.
Information from the GBI investigation revealed that Hicks allegedly allowed juveniles to participate in a “fight game” in his presence.
The teen victim was identified by his family as 17-year-old Loyce Tucker.
The juvenile at the center of the complaint has not been identified.
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Following Hicks’ arrest, Commissioner Tyrone Oliver for the Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice released the following statement:
“The Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) is deeply saddened by the passing of one of our youths. We send our heartfelt condolence to the youth’s family, friends, and loved ones, and they remain in our thoughts and prayers. Upon learning this afternoon of the findings of the GBI investigation, I immediately terminated Mr. Thomas Hicks from employment with the Department. The actions of Mr. Hicks are deplorable and do not represent the core values of this agency.
DJJ takes the responsibility of operating safe facilities for youth and staff seriously. Should there be any evidence of staff or youth misconduct or criminal activity, we will take all appropriate measures.”