Boot Camp Death Investigation

9 years 6 months 1 day ago October 26, 2007 Oct 26, 2007 Friday, October 26 2007 Friday, October 26, 2007 5:05:07 AM CDT in News
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FBI WASHINGTON (AP) - Congressional investigators looking into the death of a student at a Missouri boot camp for troubled teens have referred the case to the FBI. The Government Accountability Office made the referral after completing its report on thousands of allegations of abuse, neglect and deaths at treatment programs around the country. 15-year-old Roberto Reyes died in 2004 after spending less than two weeks at the Thayer Learning Center, a military-type home in Kidder, about 50 miles north of Kansas City. Reyes' death was blamed on a probable spider bite, but the GAO report found he had been ill for days and punished for being too weak to exercise. He also was forced to wear a 20-pound sandbag around his neck. Officials at Thayer and the FBI did not immediately return calls seeking comment. Reyes' parents sent him to Thayer Learning Center after the California teenager's grades dropped and he repeatedly ran away from home. The GAO's review of camp records showed that Reyes had an oozing bump on his arm by the second day of the boot camp phase of the program and told staff he was feeling ill. Camp records showed that Reyes vomited, defecated and urinated on himself numerous times over the next few days, but the staff believed he was being rebellious.

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