View Full Version : Teen kills himself in Youth Authority facility, officials investigating

06-08-2003, 02:54 PM
The Associated Press
Last Updated 4:28 p.m. PDT Friday, June 6, 2003

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A teen who was recently taken off suicide watch was
found dead at a California Youth Authority facility, authorities said.
Daniel Anthony Groth, 16, of Bakersfield was found Saturday night
during a routine room check . He was taken to a Sacramento hospital,
where he was maintained on life support until his parents
discontinued it Wednesday.

CYA officials had pulled Groth off of suicide watch, 12 hours before
he was found hanging in his room. Youth Authority Director Jerry
Harper said Groth was under the care of a psychiatrist and had been
acting "amiably and sociably with staff and other wards" at the
Northern Youth Reception Center and Clinic just before taking his
"In hindsight, we should have kept him on suicide watch," Harper
said. "But we have 5,000 wards, many of them with mental health
problems. We can't keep all of them on suicide watch all the time."
It is the first suicide in the state juvenile correctional system since 2001.
Officials said Groth was serving his first term in the Youth
Authority. They would not comment on the offense for which Groth was
sentenced nor the treatment he was receiving while in custody.
Groth's suicide occurred one day before another ward, who was not
identified, tried to hang himself with a bedsheet at the Preston
Youth Correctional Facility east of Sacramento. Staff members
interrupted the attempt and the boy was taken for evaluation at an
outside hospital before being returned to the juvenile facility.
Groth's death marks the 13th suicide within the Youth Authority since 1996.

06-08-2003, 04:04 PM
I feel for his parents!! Couldn't imagine how they must be feeling.... This is just so sad....


06-08-2003, 04:25 PM
To me it is soo sad when someone thinks suicide is their only way out, but especially when it is a young person.