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The gripping allegations include physical and psychological abuse and mistreatment of children by Ranch for Kids staff in Rexford, including a specific claim shot on a student with a nail gun, state officials said

Director of a youth treatment facility in Montana that was closed after claims of abuse advocates reopening of the center to prevent the children from suffering further trauma

  • Officials in Montana have removed 27 children from a juvenile treatment facility
  • The allegations include physical and psychological abuse and attacks on young people
  • Employees were accused of brutal psychological mistreatment of children and of enforcing draconian discipline, such as 20-mile hikes in harsh conditions
  • Young people up to the age of 17 were allegedly beaten, kicked, slammed and spit by staff
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The director of a children's home in Montana that had been suspended and removed 27 young people for allegations of terrible abuse, called for the center to be reopened.

Children's Director of the Ranch for Children, William Sutley, says he wants to reopen after the suspension of their license, and claims that the decision to remove the youth from the program is traumatic for them.

The gripping allegations include physical and psychological abuse and mistreatment of children by Ranch for Kids staff in Rexford, including a specific claim shot on a student with a nail gun, state officials said.

& # 39; The health, safety and well-being of all children living in Montana is of the utmost importance, and no child should experience what, according to multiple sources, happened at the Ranch for Kids & # 39 ;, Sheila Hogan, the director of the Ministry of Health and Human Services, said.

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The gripping allegations include physical and psychological abuse and mistreatment of children by Ranch for Kids staff in Rexford, including a specific claim shot on a student with a nail gun, state officials said

The gripping allegations include physical and psychological abuse and mistreatment of children by Ranch for Kids staff in Rexford, including a specific claim shot on a student with a nail gun, state officials said

DPHHS said that reports containing consistent and chronic allegations of physical and psychological abuse, as well as medical neglect, were reported by Yahoo News.

Children from 11 to 17 years were reportedly beaten, kicked, beaten on their bodies and spit on by staff.

Employees were accused of brutal psychological abuse of the children, as well as enforcing draconian discipline, such as 20-mile walks in harsh conditions without shoes.

They were also accused of withholding food, shooting a nail gun at a student, and prolonged isolation.

Other allegations include children who do not receive critical medical attention, drugs that are not properly administered, stored or regulated, and runaways that are not reported to the police in a consistent or timely manner.

William Sutley - executive director of The Ranch for Kids Project Montana
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William Sutley - executive director of The Ranch for Kids Project Montana

William Sutley – executive director of The Ranch for Kids Project Montana

The DPHHS said the children were removed Tuesday and officials tried to contact parents and make plans to reunite families or help find a suitable placement for the youth.

On its website, the Ranch for Children said that the program is an & # 39; effective, compassionate treatment program & # 39; provides for children with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) and reactive attachment disorder.

It advertises a facility that serves as a bridge of hope and healing to hurting families.

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The facility was established in 1994 in Wyoming as a private, non-profit, approved adoption agency.

The Ranch For Kids Project officially moved to Montana in the early 2000s near Eureka, primarily aimed at adopted children from Russia.

DPHHS says the allegations of abuse have escalated in both frequency and seriousness in recent months.

“We have carefully staffed this process to ensure that the children are in a safe, trauma-informed place with the necessary care and proper nutrition,” DPHHS officials said.

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