Officials failed to call 911 when teen fell ill at Florida juvenile center

WEST PALM BEACH — State juvenile justice officials say guards and supervisors at a West Palm Beach facility did not seek emergency help when a teen in their care became seriously ill.

Department of Juvenile Justice spokeswoman Samadhi Jones confirmed Monday that 911 was never called July 10 as 18-year-old Eric Perez suffered in pain and eventually died.

Officials say Superintendent Anthony Flowers was among four employees who were suspended last week. The department also fired two other employees.

Jones says it is the department's policy to call 911 during a medical crisis.

One of the fired guards, 35-year-old Floyd Powell told The Miami Herald he was forbidden by a supervisor to call 911. He says the teen was screaming that his head hurt and had vomited for several hours.

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