Teen client accused of vandalism at Palmetto Behavioral

  • Friday, July 11, 2014

A teen patient at Palmetto Behavioral Health is accused of vandalizing an employee’s car because she was upset after their appointment.

Palmetto Behavioral, on Midland Parkway, is a residential facility treating adolescents aged 7 to 21 who need a “highly-structured, supervised therapeutic environment.”

The center burst into public view in 2011 when four teens accused of violent crimes in Washington, D.C., escaped from the center.

Until that point, neighbors didn’t realize that out-of-state patients were being treated there, or that some had been accused of violent crimes.

Palmetto Behavioral responded by changing some of its policies for admitting patients, retraining staff, changing leadership and erecting a chain-link fence around the facility.

Summerville Police were called to the center July 1 for a vandalism complaint.

An employee said a 16-year-old female patient became upset at her appointment, got into the employee parking lot and kicked the employee’s car. The employee said she didn’t witness the incident but other workers did.

The police report noted dents in the car’s driver’s side front door, trunk and passenger side front fender.

However, the employee was unwilling to provide the teen’s name, saying the facility’s management was discussing options.

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