Report: Philly Teen Murdered In Tennessee Youth Center

PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- A coroner's report says a troubled Philadelphia teenager who was sent to a Tennessee youth center died of strangulation after a confrontation with staff members.

The death of 17-year-old Omega Leach at the Chad Youth Enhancement Center near Clarksville on June 3rd has been ruled a homicide. The coroner found that Leach had multiple hemorrhages of his neck muscles.

Leach had scuffled with two staff members at the center. A sheriff's spokesman says a grand jury will have to decide if charges are warranted.

The Philadelphia Department of Human Services has sent scores of emotionally troubled youngsters to Chad since 2001, saying no Pennsylvania facility would take them.

The Philadelphia Inquirer says all but eight of those youngsters have been removed from Chad.

The center is owned by Universal Health Services Inc., a for-profit corporation based in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

Join the Conversation!

To comment, the following rules must be followed:

  • No Obscenity, Profanity, Vulgarity, Racism or Violent Descriptions
  • No Negative Community Comparisons
  • No Fighting, Name-calling, or Personal Attacks
  • Multiple Accounts are Not Allowed
  • Stay on Story Topic

Comments may be monitored for inappropriate content, but the station is under no legal obligation to do so.
If you believe a comment violates the above rules, please use the Flagging Tool to alert a Moderator.
Flagging does not guarantee removal.

Multiple violations may result in account suspension.
Decisions to suspend or unsuspend accounts are made by Station Moderators.
Links require admin approval before posting.
Questions may be sent to Please provide detailed information.

powered by Disqus


6450 Papermill Drive Knoxville, TN 37919 Phone - (865) 450-8888; Fax - (865) 450-8869
Copyright © 2014 WVLT-TV Inc. - Designed by Gray Digital Media - Powered by Clickability 10454872 -
Gray Television, Inc.