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Posted at 12:38 PM ET, 02/18/2010

Counselor dead at Pr. George's youth facility

By Washington Post Editors

Update, 12:35 p.m.: Maryland State Police spokesman Greg Shipley confirmed that detectives are investigating a homicide at the facility.

About 7:45 a.m., Shipley said, a staff member at the facility discovered a woman's body just outside the door of the Murphy School, which is outside the fence at the facility. The woman appeared to have been assaulted, Shipley said.

Twenty male students are housed in the Murphy School, Shipley said, and they are allowed to move throughout the building. He said the woman's body was found on a side of the building that is "rather secluded."

Shipley declined to identify the woman.

Original post: Maryland State Police are investigating the death of a woman whose body was found Thursday morning outside the Cheltenham Youth Facility, a juvenile detention center on Frank Tippett Road in Prince George's County.

The 48-year-old woman appeared to have been bludgeoned, according to a law enforcement source who spoke only on the condition of anonymity. An investigation is underway, the source said.

Another source, who also wished to remain anonymous, said the woman was a counselor at the facility.

A state police spokesman confirmed that investigators are looking into a death at the facility. He offered no other details.

Jay Cleary, a spokesman for the Maryland Department of Juvenile Services, said the body was found on the facility's property, but outside the fence. He had no further details.

The center is operated by the Maryland Department of Juvenile Services, and holds teenagers awaiting trial or sentencing from Anne Arundel, Prince George's, Calvert, Charles and St. Mary's counties, according to the department's Web site. The center also houses 20 delinquent youths in need of court-ordered supervision. The Web site reports that the total youth population of Cheltenham is less than 100.

-- Staff and wire reports

By Washington Post Editors  | February 18, 2010; 12:38 PM ET
Categories:  Crime and Public Safety, Maryland  
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