Migrant Children Abused at Detention Facility in Arizona

There have been at least three cases reported so far of physical abuse of underage migrants at the Hacienda del Sol detention facility in Youngtown, Arizona. According to NBC 5 Chicago:

The three incidents investigated by the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office took place over three days at the Hacienda del Sol facility in Youngtown, officials said in a statement. They were referred to the county attorney’s office, which can bring criminal charges.

Videos published by the Arizona Republic last week appear to show staff shoving and dragging children. The newspaper reported that the sheriff’s office initially found that the “actions did not rise to the level of criminal charges.”

The sheriff’s statement to NBC News on Monday did not address why the department reversed its stance on the actions.

 

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