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Blendon Twp. Group Home Under Scrutiny After Teen's Murder Arrest
BLENDON TOWNSHIP, Ohio (Ken Hines) -- The group home that housed a teen now accused of murder will soon be the subject of a procedural review.
Jordan Stewart, a resident of the Consumer Support Services (CSS) group home on Copenhagen Dr., was on a group outing at Ridgewood Park when he fatally stabbed jogger Jane Juergens in a wooded area on Monday, according to investigators.
Police found Juergens's body after a CSS employee called 911 to express concern that Stewart, 16, may have attempted to rape someone after walking into the wooded area. The teen emerged approximately 20 minutes later with scrapes and bruises on his body.
CSS officials released a statement after Stewart's arrest in which they say their employee handled the situation properly, and stated that they are cooperating with the investigation into the murder.
While the company's administrators support the actions taken by their employees on Sunday, concerned Ohioans have filed eight complaints against the company -- which operates at least five licensed group homes in the state -- over the past three years.
One of those complaints involved a December, 2012 incident in which an employee of the CSS Copenhagen Dr. facility allegedly punched a juvenile resident.
Area resident John McGuire claims to have expressed concern about the facility's operations to company employees in the past, but says those complaints fell on deaf ears.
"I talked to CSS over the years and haven't gotten anywhere with it," McGuire said. "They don't have anybody who really gives services to these kids. They're only marginally monitored."
The Ohio Dept. of Job and Family Services will conduct a review of the group home after the murder investigation is complete.