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No charges for workers who dragged, shoved immigrant kids

March 29, 2019

PHOENIX (AP) — Authorities in Arizona say workers who were seen on video dragging and shoving immigrant children at a privately run shelter won’t face charges.

The Maricopa County Attorney’s Office said Friday that there’s no reasonable likelihood of proving the workers at a Southwest Key facility near Phoenix committed a crime.

The incidents took place in September and were investigated by the county sheriff’s office, which didn’t suggest charges be filed until weeks later, when the Arizona Republic obtained the videos and they began to circulate widely, raising questions about its investigation.

Texas-based Southwest Key spent most of last year under criticism in Arizona after a series of investigations into abuse of children in its care. It was eventually forced to shut down two facilities, including the one where this incident happened.