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Second Detention Center Death in Less Than a Month

VERO BEACH, FL (WFLX) For the second time in less than a month, another teen has died while inside the walls of a juvenile detention center.

17-year-old Brevard County teen, Demetrius Jordan, was being housed at the Indian River Correctional Facility.

"Demetrius was quiet, mostly hung around his family a lot," says his aunt, Cathy Bailey.

But when Demetrius Jordan entered into his teenage years, his aunt says he also entered into the wrong crowd.

"When we let him have his freedom, there were kids playing with guns, he joined in," says Bailey.

When he was 13-years-old, his family says he was charged with accessory to attempted murder and sentenced to five years. His family says he spent the last three at the Indian River Correctional Institute where they say his problems didn't go away.

"He talked to us over the phone and said he was just trying to get out safely," says Bailey.

Demetrius' family says they got a call Monday from the Department of Corrections saying the 17-year-old was in bad shape at a Gainesville hospital. By the time the family arrived, they say it was too late.

"They wouldn't even tell us what happened to Demetrius," says Bailey.

"I always thought he'd come out and didn't think he'd die in prison," says Keyneta More, Demetrius' cousin.

His family says things just aren't adding up.

"We can't eat, can't sleep, who's going to be the next victim, is it going to be another child?," says Bailey.

The Florida Department of Corrections released a statement saying they do not suspect foul play, but are waiting on the medical examiner to determine the cause of death.

"We just to know what happened, that's all. What happened to our Demetrius," says Bailey.

For the second time in less than a month, another teen has died while inside the walls of a juvenile detention center.

17-year-old Brevard County teen, Demetrius Jordan, was being housed at the Indian River Correctional Facility.

"Demetrius was quiet, mostly hung around his family a lot," says his aunt, Cathy Bailey.

But when Demetrius Jordan entered into his teenage years, his aunt says he also entered into the wrong crowd.

"When we let him have his freedom, there were kids playing with guns, he joined in," says Bailey.

When he was 13-years-old, his family says he was charged with accessory to attempted murder and sentenced to five years. His family says he spent the last three at the Indian River Correctional Institute where they say his problems didn't go away.

"He talked to us over the phone and said he was just trying to get out safely," says Bailey.

Demetrius' family says they got a call Monday from the Department of Corrections saying the 17-year-old was in bad shape at a Gainesville hospital. By the time the family arrived, they say it was too late.

"They wouldn't even tell us what happened to Demetrius," says Bailey.

"I always thought he'd come out and didn't think he'd die in prison," says Keyneta More, Demetrius' cousin.

His family says things just aren't adding up.

"We can't eat, can't sleep, who's going to be the next victim, is it going to be another child?," says Bailey.

The Florida Department of Corrections released a statement saying they do not suspect foul play, but are waiting on the medical examiner to determine the cause of death.

"We just to know what happened, that's all. What happened to our Demetrius," says Bailey.
 

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