Child Deaths Still Going Uncounted

Oct 20, 2014

According to a review of Florida Department of Children and Families documents by the Miami Herald, child deaths are being inaccurately counted. The problem, as reporter Carol Marbin Miller explains, is when the death of a child goes from “verified” -- resulting from neglect and abuse -- to “unverified.” As the Herald reports, cases where DCF had prior contact and documented abuse still aren’t being counted as a result of these switches and delays in investigations. And according to a former official with the Broward Sheriff’s Office, nothing has changed at DCF despite new promises for transparency in the wake of reports of hundreds of child deaths.