Shona Garner-White, the mother of Alegend Jones, a 17-year-old girl who tragically passed away while in the custody of a Tennessee group home, is demanding answers surrounding the mysterious circumstances of her daughter’s death.
Crump, who spoke to doctors involved in the case, revealed that Jones likely died from a “brain bleed.”
Youth Villages, a nonprofit organization, has not disclosed specific details about the incident but acknowledged a medical emergency involving a young person in their care. The organization cited confidentiality laws regarding mental and behavioral health care for children and denied any abusive or inappropriate interactions.
Contrary to Youth Villages’ statement, Crump alleges that Alegend was subjected to inappropriate actions, including being asked to undress in front of male counselors.
He contends that she was subsequently beaten, and police were only called after a counselor “body slammed” her. The family claims that over a dozen counselors assaulted the teenager upon her return to the group home.
Shona Garner-White, speaking at a press conference, expressed her bewilderment and grief over the tragedy. Her daughter, a sexual assault survivor grappling with mental health issues, had been sent to Youth Villages for assistance just two months before the incident.
“I sent her to Youth Villages to get help, and now they’re sending my baby back in a casket. Youth Villages is supposed to help my kid. I’m never supposed to bury my kid. My kid is supposed to bury me,” said Garner-White.