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ORIGINAL: Authorities are searching for four District teenagers who escaped from a juvenile detention center in South Carolina.

The escape happened at the Palmetto Summerville Behavior Center in Summerville, S.C. last night.

Palmetto Summerville is one of many out-of-state facilities to which the D.C. Department of Youth Rehabilitation Services sends young people for placement and care.

The incident follows another escape earlier this week -- that one from the city's own juvenile justice center, New Beginnings in Laurel, Md.

In the New Beginnings escape, the teenager assaulted a guard and escaped with the officer's vehicle. The inmate is still on the run and the incident prompted authorities to tighten their security measures at New Beginnings.

In addition to raising security concerns -- there have been three escape incidents since the center opened in 2009 -- critics of New Beginnings have also questioned the limited the number of beds at the facility, which is one reason why the city sends its juveniles to out-of-state facilities.

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