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Teenager found dead at Gothenburg youth home

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09:23 CET+01:00
A 19-year-old boy was found dead in his room at the juvenile detention centre at Fagared youth facility near Gothenburg on Saturday.

The police incident report indicates that the cause of death was an overdose, according to a report in the local Göteborgs-Posten daily.

The police report has however not been confirmed.

"It feels meaningless to speculate about it. Doctors have concluded that the boy is dead, but nothing can be said about the cause of death at this time," said Chris Pedersen at the National Board of Institutional Care (SIS) to news agency TT.

The teenager was found lifeless in his room by staff who made attempts to revive him.

"It is a terrible incident, especially when it concerns such a young person. We have a psychologist and a pastor on site to take care of the young people at the institution," Pedersen said.

According to Chris Pedersen, there are currently no indications that the 19-year-old committed suicide.

Fagared is a facility for young people who have been taken into compulsory care or sentenced to youth custody. Several have serious psychological problems often combined with substance abuse.

Several incidents and cases of runaways have previously been reported at Fagared.

"We have the most troubled youths and they don't want to be here," Pedersen explained.

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