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Hundreds Pack Hearing on Dead Kids

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

After the Miami Herald reported that 20 children have died this summer, even though they had been in contact with Department of Children & Families, state Sen. Eleanor Sobel called a town hall meeting. Hundreds of children’s advocates, judges, police officers, health professionals -- and 15 lawmakers -- packed the auditorium in South Broward where it was held. Sobel kicked off the meeting by reading the names or initials of the children who died. The discussion went on for nearly three hours, the Miami Herald reported. 

In a related story, five judges grilled a DCF investigator and lawyers for the agency over its failure to remove a 4-year-old boy from a “violent, unstable and dangerous home,” according to the Miami Herald. 

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