Ericka Carter, Jasmine Clark and Misti Moore (Photos from Metro PD)
NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) -
All nine girls who escaped from a privately-run treatment center early Wednesday have now been captured after Metro police located the remaining three Thursday.
The teens escaped around 1:45 a.m. from the G4S Academy for Young Women, which is on the campus of Clover Bottom Development Center, located at 279 Stewarts Ferry Pike in Donelson.
Police said the girls took a staff member's facility and car keys and fled the Clover Bottom property in a 2012 Ford Fusion. The car was recovered later Wednesday morning off Hermitage Avenue near railroad tracks.
Police said the employee was physically assaulted by one or two of the girls but not seriously hurt.
Six of the girls were arrested shortly after escaping and charged with escape, breaking curfew and evading arrest.
One of the remaining three - Misti Moore, 16 - was located Thursday morning near downtown Nashville walking with a homeless man, who's charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor.
The final two remaining at-large girls - Ericka Carter and Jasmine Clark, each 16 years old - were located Thursday afternoon near the Hermitage Inn on Lebanon Pike.
"Most of these girls have issues around alcohol and drugs, emotional issues. They've been in trouble, don't get me wrong, but they have some pretty emotional issues they need to work with," said Rob Johnson spokesman for the Tennessee Department of Children's Services.
Neighbors say it is usually very quiet in that area.
"It's more than just the facilities that are across the street. I think there is also a training center for the Tennessee State Troopers, so we see a lot of those cars, so we never really have any concerns," said neighbor Robinette Alexander.
This is the second time in a year minors have escaped from the facility. Until a year ago, the girls were treated at the New Visions facility, which DCS operated.
Juveniles are now housed at the privately owned, 24-hour treatment and counseling facility for teen girls.
The state is tied to them with a $10 million contract through 2016, so DCS officials plan to check out their security.
"We've got to do everything we can to help them be healthy, but to help them be safe. We also have to make sure the community is safe, too. But these are complicated cases," Johnson said.
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