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Teen in Ohio jogger’s slaying had been locked up

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COLUMBUS: Officials say a 16-year-old boy accused in the fatal stabbing of a jogger in a central Ohio park had been released from a secure institution into a group home after showing improvement.

Franklin County Children Services officials tell the Columbus Dispatch that the move was in line with laws requiring the agency to choose the least-restrictive environment for children.

Police in Blendon Township, northeast of Columbus, say 55-year-old Jane Juergens was killed Sunday on a trail at Ridgewood Park. She had been stabbed multiple times.

The teen, who lived in a nearby group home, was on a visit to the park with a staff member Sunday. He has been charged with murder.

An official said case workers didn’t see the teen as a danger to the community.


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