NH child advocate seeks cooperation at youth detention center

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) The director of the Office of the Child Advocate is calling for cooperation instead of finger-pointing after the state issued a lengthy response to abuse allegations at New Hampshire's youth detention center.

The Disability Rights Center issued a report last week saying staff at the Sununu Youth Services Center routinely violated state law in using dangerous face-down restraint methods, including in the case of a 14-year-old boy with emotional and behavioral disabilities who ended up with a broken shoulder blade in December. The state attorney general and commissioner of Health and Human Services responded Tuesday, calling the report unfounded and irresponsible and accusing the center of cherry-picking information about the incident.

Moira O'Neill, director of the child advocate office, said the state's defensive tone distracts from the shared goal of caring for and protection children.

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