Officials apprehend all 9 girls who escaped from Nashville treatment center

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Update: 11:24 a.m.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - The Tennessee Department of Children's Services says all nine girls who escaped from a privately-run treatment center have been apprehended.

The teens escaped early Wednesday from the G4S Academy for Young Women, which is on the campus of Clover Bottom Development Center in Nashville.

Department spokesman Rob Johnson told The Tennessean the academy is run by G4S - a private, for-profit company that also operates the Davidson County Juvenile Detention Center. The teens housed there are state wards.The newspaper reported the academy is a 24-bed residential program for girls, ages 13 to 18. It offers mental health and substance abuse treatment.

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Written by Adam Tamburin, The Tennessean

A spokesman for the Department of Children's Services confirmed that the nine girls who escaped from the Clover Bottom Development Center campus overnight were in state custody.

The girls ran from the G4S Academy for Young Women on the Clover Bottom campus at about 1:45 a.m., police said.

G4S is a private, for-profit company that also runs the Davidson County Juvenile Detention Center and many other facilities across the country.

"This is a private provider of ours and these are DCS kids," DCS spokesman Rob Johnson said.

The academy is a 24-bed residential program for females, ages 13 to 18. Girls there receive care for mental health and substance abuse, according to the G4S website.

Reported earlier

Nine girls escaped from the campus of the Clover Bottom Development Center on Stewarts Ferry Pike overnight, and police are searching for three of those girls who are still on the run.

The girls ran from the Youth Academy on the Clover Bottom campus, at 279 Stewarts Ferry Pike, at about 1:45 a.m., according to Nashville Police Captain Ben Dicke.

A woman at the Clover Bottom Development Center said any comments on the escape would need to come from the Department of Children's Services.

An employee at the facility found the girls on Interstate 40, but one or two of the girls assaulted that employee, Dicke said. There were no serious injuries.

Police later caught six of the girls, who are being charged with escape, Dicke said. They were taken to the Juvenile Justice Center.

This is the second time in a year minors have escaped from the facility, according to police records.

Three teens overpowered and assaulted a staff member at Clover Bottom property just after 1 a.m. on July 4, 2012. Police found the teens, who were in DCS custody, later that day.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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