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.