Preckwinkle Calls For Probe Of Teen’s Death At Juvenile Detention Center

CHICAGO (CBS) — Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle is calling for an independent investigation into the death of a 16-year-old boy at the Juvenile Temporary Detention Center.

Terry Bell Jr., 16, collapsed and died while playing basketball at the institution on Saturday.

He had complained of unwell and had high blood pressure Friday night but told staff at the detention center he wanted to play Saturday, his grandmother, Georgia Bell, said this past Sunday.

Bell was playing basketball at 3 p.m. Saturday when he got in an argument, authorities said. As he was being led away, he collapsed and was rushed to Stroger Hospital of Cook County, where he died shortly after 4 p.m., according to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office. An autopsy Sunday was inconclusive, the medical examiner said.

The teen, whom Georgia Bell helped her son raise in the 1000 block of West 79th Street, had been incarcerated for four months when he died, and he took regular medication for his blood pressure, she said.

Preckwinkle says she is prepared to ask a federal judge to approve a probe of the case.

The Sun-Times Media Wire contributed to this report.

  • Niecy

    I would be happy for Prewinkle to further investigate if her motives were right. She’s trying to find a fault so she can get approval to close something else. She’s trying to close every county facility and put more county tax-payers out of a job. Half the workers she’s laying off stay in cook county as well. It’s a double negative for county. No healthcare for patients and no taxes for cook county.

  • Jeff

    What is there to probe? This unfortunately happens fairly regularly. His heart failed. It almost seems as though Prenwinkle is setting the stage for a lawsuit for the guy’s family. That would be wrong. He was in jail, not a daycare. If he wanted to shoot some hoops, that’s on him.

  • Afro

    Preckwinkle needs a fukn probe up her ass she should at least have some kind of hint that arises suspicion but she is just hoping to find something so she can claim 15 minutes for her self. Don’t waste my tax dollars you b!tch

  • Just Axin

    She should probe why he was overweight and had high blood pressure at 16yrs old?

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