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Chief Resigns at Children's Agency

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The Florida Channel
Leon County Judge John Cooper on June 30, 2022, in a screen grab from The Florida Channel.

David Wilkins resigned Thursday as secretary of the Department of Children and Families as DCF reeled from the deaths of four children in six weeks and near-fatal injury of another.

All of the children were in families that children's services agents had checked out but had not foreseen the danger. Miami New Times describes those cases and what went wrong.

As the Times/Herald Tallahassee Bureau reported, Gov. Rick Scott thanked Scott for his service and appointed DCF's top Miami administrator Esther Jacobo as interim secretary.

Originally founded in December 2006 as an independent grassroots publication dedicated to coverage of health issues in Florida, Health News Florida was acquired by WUSF Public Media in September 2012.