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Juvenile inmate stabs himself at Stateline facility

Gregory Crofton

A 17-year-old boy from Fallon, Nev., used one of five rings he packed in his anal cavity to stab himself in the abdomen Friday in the Douglas County Juvenile Detention Facility at Stateline.

“He extracted a ring from within him and shaped it into a shank and poked himself. It was about 3 inches in length,” said Ray Finnegan, director of the 15-bed juvenile facility. “What he was trying to do was bring attention to himself so he could be taken someplace else beside a secured detention facility.”

The boy was transported by helicopter to Washoe Medical Center on Friday around 3 p.m. A helicopter was used because it was available, not because his wounds were life-threatening. On Monday, medical tests were scheduled to determine if his colon had been perforated by the rings.

The boy entered the juvenile detention system because of drug and alcohol problems, Finnegan said.

His saga began in Fallon when he freed himself of a court-ordered electronic ankle bracelet. The boy was caught and transported to the Western Nevada Regional Youth Center in Silver Springs where he sharpened a toothbrush and stabbed himself in the stomach on Sept. 24.

That wound also sent him to Washoe. There a member of its Life Stress program determined the boy was not suicidal and it was recommended he be sent to a secure juvenile facility.

Thursday night, en route to the juvenile detention facility at Stateline, the boy kicked the window out of a sheriff’s transport van. The following day he extracted a ring from his anus and stabbed himself in the same spot where he had stuck the toothbrush.

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