Tenn. had 502 claims of abuse at juvenile facilities since 2004

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Officials report Tennessee had 502 claims of abuse at state-run juvenile facilities from 2004 through mid-2007.

According to statistics supplied by the state to The Associated Press, 14 of the abuse reports were substantiated.

There were 450 employees at the state's 16 juvenile facilities reprimanded or fired during the same period, but the reasons were not specified in information gathered by the AP.

More than 4,900 juveniles were treated for physical injuries during the time, most of them resulting from fights or sports.

The state reports one death, a suicide in 2004.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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