Mother says her troubled teen 'not safe' after treatment clinic attack

A troubled teen was sent to a treatment facility for help - but his mom says she fears for her son's safety after a series of incidents.

Veronica Williams is worried about her son, Keith Wilson, who has been in a program at Wolverine Diagnostic Assessment & Treatment Center since October. Keith, 16, has a lot of behavioral problems and was sent to there for treatment.

"I felt my son is not safe in that facility," she said. "He's 16 years-old but he has the mind of like a 9 or 10-year-old. 

"I was glad they put him somewhere he could get help because that's my child, I love him."

But she says last month he ran away from the facility on Detroit's east side - after an incident with one of the staff members.

"He was crying and said he didn't want to go back," Williams said. "The staff choked him up. The other staff said he was going to kick his teeth down his throat."

Williams says that's not all. Last week, she says her son was jumped by other students in the lunch room and sent to the hospital.  His hand was broken.

"Two boys got in there and jumped my baby," Williams said. "To where this is crushed. These two fingers he couldn't move, (they're) swollen."

FOX 2 spoke by phone with the senior vice-president of Wolverine Human Services who said that two state agencies investigated the alleged choking incident and found it "unsubstantiated."

"The staff intervened - a physical intervention to prevent the client from harming another client," said Derrick McCree. "An intervention to prevent them from ... harming one another. Not an incident of intentional choking or grabbing the client's neck or anything of that nature."

McCree says Child Protective Services and the Bureau of Children and Adult Licensing have finished that investigation and are now looking into last week's incident.

"If they find we sanction our staff accordingly depending on the nature of the incident and if they don't find we like to move forward but we understand that parents do have concerns from time to time," McCree said.

As for Veronica Williams, she's also reported the incidents to the Detroit Police Department. The status of that investigation is unclear.
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