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Loudoun sheriff’s office continues investigation into teen’s death at North Spring health facility

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Investigations are continuing into the death of a teenager who was found not breathing at a mental health treatment center in Leesburg Nov. 19.

Loudoun County Sheriff's Office spokesman Kraig Troxell told the Times-Mirror the incident is a "death investigation which is treated as a homicide until proved otherwise." Troxell said the office is working with the medical examiner to determine the circumstances and the medical cause of death.

The youth's age and identity have not been released.

According to Troxell, the LCSO is awaiting toxicology reports to determine the cause of death.

In a prepared statement, David Winters, CEO of North Spring Behavioral Healthcare, said he could confirm that an adolescent patient in residential treatment at North Spring Behavioral Healthcare “sadly and unfortunately passed away while being transported to our local community hospital’s Emergency Department.”

“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,” Winters said. "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."

“Due to stringent patient confidentiality and privacy laws, the facility is precluded from discussing any details regarding the care and treatment of any patient. North Spring Behavioral Healthcare remains fully committed to its mission of providing high quality treatment programs and services to patients with special, and sometimes complex, mental health needs,” he said.

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


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