Over the past year, my inboxes constantly fill with horrifying stories of DCF abuse, abuse of power, and failures. Its staggering really. This one from Florida really boggles the mind though.
As I stated in my recent speech for the Nancy Schaffer Memorial, statistics demonstrates children are in a higher risk of abuse when removed from homes, even where abuse allegations have been lodged. Here, these parents clearly realized they were unsafe for the baby and relinquished the child to DCF. DCF then places the baby with a Foster Parent who subsequently kills the baby. Six months after the child is removed, and subsequently murdered, the parents are then arrested for child abuse. Why not the workers who placed the child in an unsafe environment? Because DCF gets away with negligence and crimes. This is insanity.
From the Tampa Bay Times
TAMPA — On the day two child welfare investigators turned up unannounced at the home of little Aedyn Agminalis, a machete, a hookah, a sex toy and a liquor bottle were lying on the living room floor.
Four more sex toys and a used condom sat on a chair. In the bedroom where the toddler slept, fecal matter was smeared on the walls, the carpet, the crib and his blanket.
His parents kept a cat litter tray in his room. It had not been cleaned for several days.
The “deplorable” conditions found at the Brandon apartment in September were revealed in a report recently released by the Florida Department of Children and Families. They resulted in the boy going into foster care. Three months later and just weeks from a likely adoption, the 17-month-old died after suffering head trauma. Foster mom Latamara Stackhouse Flythe was arrested Feb. 20 on charges of first-degree murder and child abuse.