Teen charged with attempted murder at detention home

SANDUSKY A 16-year-old boy was charged with attempted murder after attacking two female workers at E
Sandusky Register Staff
May 24, 2010

SANDUSKY

A 16-year-old boy was charged with attempted murder after attacking two female workers at Erie County Juvenile Detention Home, sheriff's deputies said.

Deputies were called to the home at about 11 a.m. Friday, when home director Ben Yourkvitch said the boy attacked his math teacher and a corrections officer.

The boy began disrupting class by talking and was asked to leave, according to the report released Tuesday.

Instead he started cursing and said he would not leave. He then put his arm around the teacher's neck and began choking her and pulling her down to the ground, the report said.

Staff members came to her aid within seconds, stopping the incident, said Pete Shaw, superintendent of corrections at the home. He declined further comment.

The teacher told deputies she felt like she was "blacking out" as she was choked. Some of her hair was pulled out and was retained as evidence, the report stated. She was taken to Firelands Regional Medical Center for treatment and was later released, said Erie County Sheriff's Capt. Paul Sigsworth.

"I don't recall an incident as serious as this over there," he said.

During the same incident the boy pushed the corrections officer in the chest and threw a calculator at her, the report said. She was uninjured.

The youth was also charged with felonious assault and assault. He awaits a hearing in juvenile court. He was in the home since Jan. 31 for violating his probation terms on an assault charge, said family court Judge Robert DeLamatre.

The boy has been in the juvenile justice system since September 2006, he said.