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16-year-old boy found dead in San Diego juvenile hall

"There were no immediate signs of trauma or assault to the boy," a county spokesperson said.
Credit: WNEP

SAN DIEGO COUNTY, Calif. — A 16-year-old boy in custody at the Kearny Mesa Juvenile Detention Facility was found dead Wednesday, authorities reported.

Probation officers found the boy unresponsive in his quarters at the juvenile hall in the 2800 block of Meadow Lark Drive about 7 a.m., county spokesman Gig Conaughton said. Probation officers, medical staff and fire department personnel all reportedly responded. 

The teen, whose name was withheld, was pronounced dead at the scene.

"There were no immediate signs of trauma or assault to the boy," Conaughton said. "His next-of-kin has been notified. Behavioral-health clinicians are responding to the facility to provide counseling to the other juveniles at the facility."

An official cause-of-death ruling was on hold pending results of an autopsy.

"The health and well-being of juveniles in our care is the highest priority of the San Diego County Probation Department, which is deeply saddened by this tragedy and expressed condolences to the family," Conaughton said.

The San Diego County Sheriff's Department's Homicide Unit responded to the scene and will conduct the death investigation.

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