East Tennessee Teen Dies While Being Disciplined At Foster Home

MORRISTOWN, Tenn. (AP) -- In Morristown, Hamblen County Sheriff Esco Jarnagin says the death of a teen in foster care is -- in his words -- "a tragedy that could have been avoided."

Sixteen-year-old Jordan Shelton is dead after he was disciplined early Saturday by his foster father, who is a former bodybuilder.

Authorities say the incident came after Ken Taylor caught the boy smoking.

The 53-year-old Taylor hasn't been charged. Sheriff's investigators are working with the district attorney general, who will determine whether to seek criminal charges.

An ambulance crew found Shelton unconscious when they arrived. He never regained consciousness and doctors withdrew life support later Saturday morning.

There will be an autopsy today.

A Children's Services Department official says another foster child living with Taylor has been moved to another home.

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


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