Georgia Police Left Two Teens In Dark Holding Cell Without Food All Weekend

| by Sarah Fruchtnicht

A sheriff in Georgia is apologizing after Douglas County police left two teens locked in a courthouse holding cell all weekend without any food for nearly three days.

The boy, ages 16 and 17, remained in the cell for three days without lights, toilet paper, or food because deputies forgot to check the cells before they left for the weekend.

"As a law enforcement agency that taps itself as a professional agency, I'm as embarrassed today as I can possibly be," Sheriff Phil Miller told KCCI-TV.

Both teens, who had court appearances Friday, were awaiting transport back to a youth detention center, but deputies forgot about them.

"Nobody that works in security is supposed to leave that building at night without checking the cells, and it's not a hard job to do," Miller said.

He said there is also a color-coded system to alert deputies that a cell is locked and someone is inside.

Miller said when the teens were found Monday they were okay but hungry.

"Thank God nothing more serious than what happened went wrong," Miller said. "If I were the parents or the family of these children, I'd be looking at the sheriff to make sure this never happened again, and I'm going to make sure that it doesn't."

Up to 10 deputies have been questioned over the incident. Miller says appropriate action will be taken when the investigation is concluded.

"We, not following our policy, allowed this to happen and we're wrong," said Miller. "We're going to do everything in my power to correct it."

Sources: KCCI-TV, Atlanta Journal-Constitution