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Great Circle CEO charged with child endangerment

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The CEO of Webster Groves-based Great Circle has been charged with child endangerment.

Vincent Hillyer faces six felony counts of endangering the welfare of a child and attempted endangerment. A video allegedly shows him choking a child.

Great Circle, which has a presence in Springfield, is a behavioral health service for children and families.

"While we remain confident in the therapeutic approach used in our facilities, as an organization, we will fully cooperate with all of those who are investigating this matter," a nonprofit official said in a statement. "Great Circle and the people who work here are fully committed to serving the behavioral health needs of nearly 45,000 children and families each year. Our top priority at all times is the health and well-being of those we exist to serve. Working with young clients who have acute behavioral health needs can often be difficult."

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