Review: Physical restraint used at Illinois youth home

LAKE VILLA, Ill. (AP) — A review of three years of police reports involving a north-suburban Chicago youth facility shows staff physically restrained children dozens of times.

The (Arlington Heights) Daily Herald reviewed the police reports from the Allendale Association in Lake Villa, finding some instances resulting in injuries to children. A previous state child welfare report found systemic breakdowns and deficiencies at Allendale. Two employees face charges after 16-year-old Shaquan Allen died at the center in March when he was placed in a chokehold.

The state stopped sending wards to Allendale for six months earlier this year. The restriction was lifted Thursday.

Allendale President Mary Shahbazian said physical restraint is “a last resort.” She said the facility is a safe place for children and restraint is only used to maintain safety.