4 DJJ camp employees to be charged after escape, beating

CAMP WHITE PINES
CAMP WHITE PINES

Union (WSPA) – 4 Camp White Pines employees will be charged after a child escaped and was beaten at Camp White Pines, a DJJ facility in Union County.

In early April, a teen escaped Camp White Pines in Union County and ran across the street to a neighbor’s yard. An incident report says that other teens from the camp punched and beat the teen before dragging him back into the camp.

According to the arrest warrant, Ronell Ferguson, the Executive Director of Camp White Pines, is charged with Obstructing Justice after he directed a White Pines staff member to alter and falsify a report concerning the incident.

The warrant also states he did not provide SC DJJ Office of Inspector General with information about the assault.

Curtis Hill, Director of Operations at Camp White Pines, is charged with Unlawful Neglect of a Child after choking and throwing the 15-year-old on the floor after they were brought back to the camp, according to warrants.

Staff member, Charles Hughes, is charged with Obstructing Justice and Unlawful Neglect of a Child. Warrants say he provided false report of his involvement in the escape and assault, and attempted to hit the 15-year-old while they were being brought back to the camp.

Another staff member, Justin Hughes, is charged with Obstructing Justice for providing false information concerning the incident but later admitted his role, according to the warrants.

4 teens who were in the camp were also charged in the incident.

The victim’s mother told 7News that the camp waited over 12 hours before seeking medical attention for her son. He had a concussion, a broken nose, and popped blood vessels.

The camp never notified DJJ about the incident, the only way investigators found out was after Sheriff David Taylor called them about the incident.

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