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More Than 30 Teens Escaped From A Detention Center In Nashville

The juveniles crawled under a fence in order to break out of the Woodland Hills Youth Development Center. UPDATE: 24 of 32 escaped teens have been taken into custody.

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Thirty-two people aged between 14 and 19 escaped from a Nashville detention center early Tuesday morning, according to the Associated Press.

By Tuesday evening, 24 of the 32 inmates had been taken into custody, the Tennessee Department of Children's Services said. The search continues for eight escaped teenagers.

The teens are believed to have escaped when a large group of them all went to a yard at once, shortly after a shift change. The center was detaining 78 juveniles at the time.

Police continue searching for 17 of 32 teenagers that escaped from Woodland Hills Youth Development Center.

Ryan Smith WSMV@RyanSmithWSMV

Police continue searching for 17 of 32 teenagers that escaped from Woodland Hills Youth Development Center.

11:13 AM - 02 Sep 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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Two were recaptured immediately, while others were found over the course of the night, DCS spokesperson Rob Johnson said.

He added that local police and the Tennessee Highway Patrol are taking part in the search for the remaining teens, and that all those being kept at the detention center had committed at least three felonies.

It is not known if the escape was planned or spontaneous, AP reported.

#Breaking 32 juveniles have escaped the Woodland Hills Youth Detention Center. 27 still on the run. Do not approach, call police. #NC5

NewsChannel 5@NC5

#Breaking 32 juveniles have escaped the Woodland Hills Youth Detention Center. 27 still on the run. Do not approach, call police. #NC5

8:56 AM - 02 Sep 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

#Breaking: An escaped juvenile just turned himself in to police. 26 still on the run. Tune in to #NC5

NewsChannel 5@NC5

#Breaking: An escaped juvenile just turned himself in to police. 26 still on the run. Tune in to #NC5

9:57 AM - 02 Sep 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

#Breaking Update -- Metro police say 17 juveniles are still on the run after 32 escaped DCS custody overnight. #NC5

NewsChannel 5@NC5

#Breaking Update -- Metro police say 17 juveniles are still on the run after 32 escaped DCS custody overnight. #NC5

11:10 AM - 02 Sep 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

UPDATE: DCS says 10 teenagers are still on the loose after escaping DCS custody late last night. We'll be following this story all day.

NewsChannel 5@NC5

UPDATE: DCS says 10 teenagers are still on the loose after escaping DCS custody late last night. We'll be following this story all day.

9:45 AM - 02 Sep 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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