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Admissions at North Spring health facility halted after resident’s death

Admissions to the children's residential treatment service at North Spring Behavioral Health in Leesburg are temporarily prohibited after a teenager was found not breathing at the center Nov. 19.

The teen died shortly after being found at the facility.

The prohibition is listed in the licensed provider search system on the Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Development Services website.

According to the Loudoun County Sheriff's Office (LSCO), investigations are continuing into the death.

Kraig Troxell, an LCSO spokesman, said the case was still active.

“Cause and manner of death are pending the results of an autopsy being conducted by the Office of the Medical Examiner and in co-ordination with the Loudoun County Sheriff's Office investigation,” Troxell said.

The deceased as been identified only as a 15-year-old male from Norfolk.

Following the death, David Winters, CEO of North Spring Behavioral Healthcare, said in a prepared statement, “North Spring Behavioral Healthcare is deeply saddened by the loss of one of its patients and extends its heartfelt sympathy and condolences to family members and loved ones. We have notified the appropriate authorities and we are providing our full cooperation as they investigate the incident. The care and safety of our patients, including their privacy, is North Spring’s top priority."

According to its website, North Spring offers residential programs "for emotionally disturbed youth struggling and in need of a structured residential setting."

No one from North Spring was available for comment as to why admissions to the children's residential treatment service have been temporarily prohibited.


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