Multiple injuries reported after riot at Knox County juvenile detention center

Multiple departments responded to the detention home. (Photo courtesy: Flickr/File)


KNOX COUNTY – Multiple staff members and kids were injured after a riot at the Mary Davis Detention Home in Galesburg on Wednesday.

According to the Knox County Sheriff’s Office, deputies were dispatched after learning at least 10 teens were actively attacking staff at the county’s juvenile detention home.

The Galesburg and Knoxville police departments also responded to help secure the teens and return them to their cells. The Galesburg Fire Department also responded to the scene to help treat the injured.

According to the sheriff’s office, this incident started as a fight, which quickly turned into a riot that affected multiple areas of the facility.

Eight staff members were injured, with some transported to the hospital due to their injuries. Two kids were also treated and released. The detention home also sustained significant damages during the incident.

Charges are expected to be forthcoming.

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