Photo: Unaccompanied Immigrant Minor Shelter at 1914 Vance Avenue, Chattanooga
Published July 16, 2021
The Tennessee Conservative [By Jason Vaughn] –
Tennessee administrative law judge Phillip Hilliard has ruled in support of the State’s decision to revoke the license of the Baptiste Group, which was operating a shelter housing illegal alien minors in Chattanooga.
Hilliard stated that the Baptiste Group failed to demonstrate that they have eliminated the potential for future safety issues for minors who might be kept there and cited the recent allegations of sexual battery that occurred there.
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The judge made his decision this week following the initial hearing on July 7th that was closed to the public and media.
The Tennessee Department of Children’s Services suspended Baptiste Group’s license due to reports of sexual battery against a 17-year-old male by a staff member and reports of a runaway 16-year-old male from the shelter.
According to Jennifer Donnals, Chief of Staff of the Tennessee Department of Children’s Services, the Baptiste Group requested a hearing on the order of suspension which resulted in the hearing.
DCS Commissioner Jennifer Nichols stated that “The facility has proven an inability to hire individuals who are suitable and capable of caring for children within the facility’s care resulting in significant criminal charges against at least one staff member and potential for youth to be subject to further abuse or lack of adequate supervision.”
About the Author:
Jason Vaughn, Media Coordinator for The Tennessee Conservative
Jason previously worked for a legacy publishing company based in Crossville, TN in a variety of roles through his career. Most recently, he served as Deputy Directory for their flagship publication. Prior, he was a freelance journalist writing articles that appeared in the Herald Citizen, the Crossville Chronicle and The Oracle among others. He graduated from Tennessee Technological University with a Bachelor’s in English-Journalism, with minors in Broadcast Journalism and History. Contact Jason at news@TennesseeConservativeNews.com