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Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Former Juvenile Boot Camp Employees Charged with Battery of Dead Attendee

From Gina Jones buried her young son twice in the last year. News that eight former juvenile boot camp employees were charged in his death on Tuesday finally gave her something to celebrate.

"Today is a good day for me. I'm finally getting justice for my baby," Jones said.

Throughout the last 11 months, Jones has had to repeatedly watch a surveillance video on television that shows seven guards beating and kicking her son, 14-year-old Martin Lee Anderson, during a 30-minute altercation at the Bay County sheriff's camp in Panama City. A nurse is seen on the video watching and doing nothing to stop the scene.

The seven guards and the nurse face up to 30 years in prison if convicted on charges of aggravated battery of a child. Anderson's parents had long demanded the arrest of the guards they accused of murder.

The death prompted the state to dismantle its military-style detention system for young offenders, sparked protests at the state Capitol and led to the resignation of Florida's top law enforcement officer. Rest of Article. . . [Mark Godsey]

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