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Police: Teen restrained by youth facility staff later dies

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Posted at 4:14 AM, May 02, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-02 04:14:42-04

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (AP) — A 16-year-old boy has died after going into cardiac arrest while being restrained by staff at a southwestern Michigan facility for teens with behavioral problems.

The Kalamazoo Public Safety office says the teen died Friday at a hospital.

Officers found him unresponsive Wednesday afternoon at Lakeside Academy in Kalamazoo, about 140 miles west of Detroit.

Police say he was taken to a hospital and investigators later learned that staff at Lakeside Academy were in the process of restraining him before he became unresponsive.

Public safety Capt. Craig Habel confirmed to MLive.com that the boy was restrained after throwing a sandwich.

Lakeside Academy said in a statement that it is cooperating with the police investigation.