The new centre is a repurposed wing of the former Darwin adult prison, which the former corrections commissioner said was only fit to be bulldozed.
The new centre is a repurposed wing of the former Darwin adult prison, which the former corrections commissioner said was only fit to be bulldozed. AAP Image - Neda Vanovac

Abused Don Dale Centre boy's mother says she "failed him"

THE mother of Dylan Voller believes she "failed" her son when she reported him to police, beginning a childhood of imprisonment which eventually led to him being strapped to a chair with a spitting hood over his head.

Dylan, who is at the centre of the Don Dale Juvenile Detention Centre scandal, had been difficult from an early age, Joanne Voller told 7.30.

Alice Springs primary schools were unable to deal with him and he attended at least five different schools between the ages of six and nine.

Joanne Voller said she contacted the NT Department of Children and Families for help when Dylan was 11.

"That was the time when he broke my window and I was told if I reported him for breaking my window he'd get the help that he needed," she said.

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