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Review of Tennessee juvenile facility escape underway

FILE - In this Feb. 11, 2019, file photo, Carverton publicist Jen Apple hugs band member Michael Wiebel after a news conference about the killing of fellow band member Kyle Yorlets at Belmont University in Nashville, Tenn. Police in Tennessee were searching Sunday, Dec. 1, for four teenagers who escaped from a juvenile detention center in Nashville. A news release from the Metropolitan Nashville Police Department said two of the teens, ages 16 and 17, were charged in separate slayings that occurred earlier this year. The other two escapees, ages 15 and 17, were facing armed robbery charges. One of the killings involved Nashville musician Yorlets, who was found shot to death outside his home in February. (Shelley Mays/The Tennessean via AP, File)

NASHVILLE — Several staff members at a juvenile detention centre in Tennessee have been placed on leave while a court reviews the escape of four teenagers.

News outlets report Davidson County Juvenile Court Administrator Kathryn Sinback said in a statement Monday that “critical oversights” by multiple staff members at the Nashville centre allowed the escape to happen Saturday night.

Two of the teens, ages 16 and 17, are charged in separate slayings. One death involved Nashville musician Kyle Yorlets, who was found dead in February. The other two escapees, ages 15 and 17, face armed robbery charges.

Sinback said a supervisor asked the four to clean an area. Sinback said they got on an elevator when the supervisor left to check on a fight in another part of the building and were able to flee.

The Associated Press