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Two Sunrise Children's Services employees arrested

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Goldsberry, Roxberry helped pair of 17-year-old girls leave facility, police say

By Jeff D'Alessio

Two employees of Sunrise Children’s Services face felony charges after helping a pair of 17-year-old girls to leave the facility Sunday, police said.

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Domeeka R. Goldsberry, 26, of Elizabethtown, and Kamilah L. Roxberry, 23, of Vine Grove, were charged with two counts each of custodial interference, a Class D felony punishable by up to five years in prison.

In a news release from Sun­rise Children’s Services, Chief Financial Officer Guy Goodner said the women were terminated from their positions Monday while in police custody.

According to a news release from the Elizabethtown Police Department, the girls were told to discard trash and then fled the facility, running into the wood line. Officers searched the area for more than an hour without finding the girls.

The girls were picked up by Goldsberry after they left Sunrise and taken to an Eliza­bethtown motel and later to Fort Knox Inn, according to an arrest citation. One girl then was driven to Union City, Tennessee, by Roxberry and later was found by police in Mayfield, police said. The other girl was found in an Elizabethtown motel room.

One of the girls has returned to Sunrise Chil­dren’s Services Glen Dale Center on Commerce Drive in Elizabethtown.

“Sunrise administrators have also submitted complete reports to state authorities, who returned one of the youth to Glen Dale and secured emergency placement of the other young woman at a another facility,” Goodner said in the release.

The Glen Dale Center is one of eight residential treatment centers operated by Sunrise Children’s Services. Sunrise is Ken­tucky’s largest provider of therapeutic, foster care and community-based services for abused, abandoned or neglected children and youth.

Goldsberry and Rox­­berry are lodged in the Hardin County Detention Center in lieu of a $10,000 cash bond. They are set for a 9 a.m. appearance Friday in Hardin District Court.

A third girl, 15, left the facility Monday morning. She later was found at Mall Park on North Dixie Avenue. She was taken into custody and returned to Sunrise Children’s Services.

Goldsberry and Rox­berry were not involved in the 15-year-old leaving Sunrise, EPD spokesman Virgil Willoughby said.

Jeff D’Alessio can be reached at 270-505-1757 or jdalessio@thenewsenterprise.com.