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Teen dies in group home; mom asks wants answers

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BEREA, OH (WOIO) -

 
A 15-year-old dies at a group home in Berea; leaving a mother with questions about what happened to cause her son's death.

It happened at the Ohio Guidestone Group Home.

Sources report that 15-year-old Kenny Barkley was upset after being denied access to a computer and that he tried to get physical with a caseworker who was trying to calm him down. 

In an exclusive interview with 19 Action News Reporter Scott Taylor, Kenny's mother, Ranita Simmons can't believe he's gone.

"He was a very active boy.  He loved sports. He  loved wrestling.  He loved video games. He was an average teenage," says Ranita.

Apparently the caseworker put Kenny in a bear hug to the floor and after he was released, the teen stopped breathing.  

"I just need some answers.  What happened to my baby?  What happened to my baby and why?"


Ohio Guidestone officials say their staff's certification exceeds state guidelines and they have been trained how to properly restrain children.  

"We are deeply saddened by this whole situation.  We care about kids for 150 years.  We have not ever had a situation like this," says Alex Petrus.

Kenny has been in the group home for the past two years.  Mom last communicated with him on Sunday.  

Mom says he was placed in the group home due to behavior issues.  He wasn't happy there and became depressed.  

"I would rather have him in a foster home than a group home.  This was my biggest fear."

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