Four girls at the Youth Rehabilitation and Treatment Center in Kearney were found about two hours after climbing a fence and escaping early Tuesday.
They escaped from a living unit at about 12:20 a.m., according to the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services.
Two of the four were apprehended at about 2 a.m. by law enforcement and the other two were found by 2:30 a.m., according to a Buffalo County Emergency Management alert.
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HHS said three of the girls were returned to the center and a fourth was arrested.
Kearney has been the state's campus-style correctional facility intended for boys and young men.
But about two weeks ago, HHS moved 24 girls from a similar center in Geneva to Kearney after physical conditions at the Geneva center were brought to the state's attention. There have also been allegations concerning a lack of programming, treatment and medical care.