Police called to youth detention facility three times Friday night, Saturday morning amid staff shortage

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Sep. 10—Manchester and state police were called to the Sununu Youth Services Center three times late Friday and early Saturday to deal with what a state Health and Human Services spokesman described only as "escalations."

In a statement, spokesman Jake Leon said the staff and children incarcerated in the secure facility are all safe, but said police were called because of an ongoing shortage of staff at the center. Staffing overnight Friday met federal standards, but spokesman Leon said in an emailed statement that the staff found it difficult to deal with the children's behavior.

The incidents Friday and Saturday come just weeks after police were called to the facility as staff struggled to deal with outbursts from children in different parts of the facility.