SPRINGFIELD, MA (WGGB/WSHM) -- Western Mass News has learned a staff member at the Department of Youth Services in Springfield has been hospitalized at Baystate following an incident with a juvenile.
Few details have been released by the Hampden District Attorney's Office.
What we do know, is the incident happened a week ago, on Wednesday, June 30th.
According to James Leydon, with the Hampden DA's Office the employee is currently "under medical care and supervision" at Baystate Medical Center in Springfield.
At the time this incident happened, the juvenile was being housed at the Department of Youth Services facility.
Some programs in the building are run by the Center for Human Development. Their representatives tell Western Mass News in part quote,
“Our primary focus at this time is providing resources and support to the family and colleagues of the CHD employee who is the victim of the incident. As with any serious adverse event, and in partnership with DYS, we are reviewing processes and operations to make sure that we are maintaining the highest-possible level of safety for our workforce.”
We also reached out to the state’s DYS officials who say in part quote,
“The matter is under investigation by law enforcement; DYS cannot comment further at this time. At this time, the staff member is hospitalized.”
The DA's Office says the Massachusetts State Police Detective Unit is investigating.
No word on charges against the suspect at this time, or on the current well-being of the hospitalized staffer.
DYS houses youthful offenders and minors committed as juvenile delinquents.