Jailed transgender teen moved to psych center

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Associated Press

Posted on June 24, 2014 at 2:02 PM

Updated Tuesday, Jun 24 at 2:06 PM

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A transgender girl detained without criminal charges for two months at an adult women's prison in Connecticut has been moved to a psychiatric center for children following an outcry by her supporters.

Department of Children and Families Commissioner Joette Katz says the teenage girl was moved Tuesday to the DCF-run Solnit Children's Psychiatric Center in Middletown. The girl had been detained at the York Correctional Institution in Niantic since April.

DCF still plans on placing her in a private youth treatment center in Massachusetts, where she has been accepted for treatment. That move is pending final approval.

A state judge in April ordered the girl transferred from DCF custody to Department of Correction custody, because DCF officials said she was too violent.

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