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17-year-old accidentally released from detention center

Darius Anderson has 15 pending cases

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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The Florida Department of Juvenile Justice said it's working with law enforcement to track down an Orlando teenager who was accidentally released from its facility. The DJJ also said it's launching an internal investigation to find out how it happened.

"A kid was released and should have been held in detention," said a woman who called the non-emergency line.

The Volusia County Sheriff's Office said on Sept. 1, the 17-year-old Darius Anderson was released from the Daytona Beach facility after visiting a judge on a burglary charge.

On Monday, deputies said the DJJ realized the teen had another burglary charge still pending and wasn't supposed to be released.

"Do we need to get this kid back?" dispatch asked.

"We really do," the caller said.

Deputies said the lieutenant who released Anderson called his mother for his return, but now a warrant has been issued for Anderson's arrest.

A representative with the Department of Juvenile Justice said they take these issues seriously and are fully cooperating with law enforcement to apprehend the person as quickly as possible.

Investigators said the Orlando teen committed the burglaries in Volusia County.

Anderson has 15 pending cases that include battery, carrying a concealed firearm and making a false report to law enforcement.


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