Teen charged as adult in Parkville carjacking is moved to juvenile facility
BALTIMORE (WBFF) - Following a FOX45 investigation, a Baltimore County Circuit Court Judge has removed a youth charged as an adult from the Baltimore County Detention Center.
Under Maryland law, juveniles are supposed to be placed in a juvenile facility pending their transfer hearing.
There are a few exceptions, including safety concerns and space.
The Department of Juvenile Services has repeatedly stated in public records a lack of space for Maryland’s growing population of youth charged as adults.
Under the Prison Rape Elimination Act, sight and sound separation are required for youth in an adult facility.
In Baltimore County, female detainees have routinely been placed in solitary confinement in an effort to meet those federal guidelines.
Celandia LaCruze is one of four teens accused in a series of carjackings in April that targeted teachers in Baltimore County.
One of the teachers attacked was pregnant at the time. LaCruze is still awaiting a transfer hearing.
During that court proceeding, a judge will decide whether LaCruze is tried as an adult.