Teens escape from Nashville detention center

The teens -- ages 14 to 19 -- went out into a yard at Woodland Hills Youth Development Center all at once

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WSMV) Authorities say 23 of the 32 teenagers who escaped from Nashville’s Woodland Hills Youth Development Center late Monday night have been taken into custody.

The search continues for the nine escapees who remain at large.

According to Rob Johnson, communications director for the Tennessee Department of Children’s Services, the teens escaped shortly after an employee shift change.

“At about 11 o’clock last night, about 32 youth – we believe – got out of their dorms and managed to slip underneath the perimeter fence,” he said.

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