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Caseworker Arrested After Child Dies

The state caseworker who visited the home of 2-year-old Tariji Gordon the morning she died has been arrested, the Orlando Sentinelreports.

Jonathan Irizarry, a child welfare worker for a non-profit contractor for the Florida Department of Children and Families, had recorded that the child was awake and doing fine, but then changed his story when questioned by authorities, the Sentinel reports.

Gordon’s mother has been charged with murder and aggravated child abuse, after her body was discovered on Feb. 11 in Crescent City.

Tariji Gordon is is one of hundreds of children in Florida who have died while under DCF’s watch, according to investigative reporting by the Miami Herald

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