12-Year-Old Girl Says She’s Repeatedly Being Beat Up at Youth Therapy Center

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A 12-year-old girl says she’s been beat up on several occasions by other kids at Piney Ridge, the in-patient therapy center for sexually deviant kids in Fayetteville. Her mom says the staff isn’t doing anything about it 

When we first launched our investigation into Piney Ridge last week, several former employees and parents reached out to Fox 24 to share their experiences. You’re about to hear the story of one mother who says the staff has failed to act after her daughter was repeatedly attacked by other boys and girls at the facility.

It’s a story we first showed you back in 2016.

Back then, a family reported their child was being forced by staff members to fight other kids. Two years later, a different mother, whose 12-year-old daughter is at Piney Ridge under court-mandated supervision, says violence continues behind closed doors.

“They are hiding stuff. They are not following through with what asked them to follow. They are hiding,” said Charis Albertie, whose daughter is being supervised by Piney Ridge employees. 

Albertie filed a report with the Fayetteville Police months ago when her 12-year-old daughter told her she was attacked by other kids at the facility. Pictures she sent us show scars and bruising from the beating.

“Ten kids, rushed that woman, pregnant, knocked her down to get into the bathroom and beat up my daughter. That’s what’s on the tapes. That’s what’s on the tapes,” Albertie said.

We put in a Freedom of Information Act request to Fayetteville police to get a copy of surveillance tapes from Piney Ridge.
F.P.D. denied our request and advised us that there are exceptions when juveniles are involved.

“Nobody is saying nothing! Well I’m an advocate for my daughter and I’m speaking up. I want what’s best for my child. She did not get victimized for me to put her in the hospital to become a victim all over again,” Albertie said.

We called Piney Ridge multiple times for comment. CEO, Adrienne Catalina, did not answer my repeated attempts, but did provide a statement, which reads, in part: “We maintain a zero tolerance policy for any action that could endanger the physical or emotional well-being of a patient.” 

In the statement, Catalina also says due to federal and state patient privacy and confidentiality laws, she can’t comment on the specific allegations.

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