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December 4, 2012
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NEW GIRLS WAR AT CHILDREN'S HOME - Said to be abusive and aggressive towards other wards

Several female wards of the state who are being housed at The Nest Children's Home on Mannings Hill Road are nursing various injuries after they were reportedly attacked by other wards who were recently transferred to the home.

THE STAR understands that since the arrival of a group of female wards from the Fort Augusta Adult Correctional Centre to the home, there have been several acts of violence.

A source told our news team that the new arrivals are abusive, short-tempered and aggressive and have been preying on the more peaceful wards who were at the home before them.

The source also disclosed that the 'bad girls' have allegedly introduced lesbianism and gang violence to the facility, and are for the most part feared by everyone.

THE STAR was informed that several girls have had to receive medical treatment for bruises and other injuries they have received from the other girls. The girls have reportedly used sharp objects and others with metals, including belt buckles to inflict the injuries.

It is also being alleged that a house mother had a knife held to her throat by one of the abrasive wards and is so badly shaken up that she is considering early retirement.

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Our news team's enquiry into the allegations have for the most part been met with limited feedback.

A house mother told our news team that her superiors had instructed her not to comment on the matter.

"My supervisors are discouraging me from participating any further as we have already provided enough information to the police and doctors and all the relevant authorities. The situation is bad as is," she remarked.

Meanwhile, Prudence Barnes, PR and communications manager at the Child Development Agency (CDA) confirmed that an inquest is in progress.

"The CDA is in contact with the home on this matter of reported conflict among some girls. The agency is working with the management of the child care facility to address the issues," she said.

Up to press time last night, there were still a few unanswered questions as the investigation continues.

It is unclear when the attacks took place, what was the nature of the injuries and how many girls had been attacked and injured.

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