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A teenage girl who held staff at her foster home captive while armed with a pair of scissors has been sentenced to time served.
Judge John Combs recently imposed the sentence on the basis that more jail wasn’t going to do the extremely troubled girl any good.
"She’s obviously not benefiting from custody, she’s struggling in custody and it’s not a situation that is, in my view, rehabilitative for her and from that perspective does not serve any purpose," Combs said.
The home is one of several operated in Brandon by Specialized Foster Homes, which houses young Child and Family Services wards with troubled backgrounds.
According to the police report — the facts of which the girl admitted to — on Feb. 14, 2016, she confronted staff members when she believed they’d stolen her iPod.
When staff denied any knowledge of the iPod, the girl went to her room, returned to the living room and brandished a pair of scissors.
She threatened three staff members with the scissors as she demanded that they find her iPod.
At one point, she ordered one of the staff to unlock and search a cabinet as she loomed behind with the scissors.
She then opened the widows and doors to the home to let in cold air.
The disturbing incident then took a racist turn.
Two of the staff members were described as "black" and the third as Caucasian.
The aboriginal girl retrieved jackets and blankets for herself and the Caucasian staff member.
In the police report the girl is quoted as having said: "Just let these n-----s freeze … You bitches are going to freeze," and, "If you don’t like the cold, then go back to Africa, go back to where you’re from, you n-----s."
When one of the staff tried to use their phone, the girl threatened to stab him.
The ordeal lasted 40 minutes, and ended when a house manager arrived and
de-escalated the situation. There were no injuries.
The girl told authorities that at the time of the incident she was "coming off" cough pills after taking 60 of them.
In March, she spat on a guard while at the Brandon jail. In April, the same girl was high on marijuana when she punched or slapped another "black staff" member at another home who had made her foster sister mad.
Just prior to Christmas, for the three incidents Combs sentenced the girl on charges of uttering threats, forcible confinement, possession of a weapon, assaulting a peace officer and assault.
She received a total of 12 months in jail, less remand custody, leaving six days of jail to serve. The six days in custody was merely to give CFS time to find a placement for the teen.
The girl has an especially troubled past that includes more than three dozen foster placements, mental health disorders, abuse, substance abuse, and a low cognitive level.
She’s one of two girls who, in May 2013, took part in a two-on-one attack that hospitalized another SFH staff member.
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