child neglect

Cases of child abuse and neglect are expected to rise in the coming weeks and months due to the coronavirus.

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A Florida man faces child neglect charges after police say a 3-year-old girl in his care ingested synthetic marijuana.

State Considers Response To 3-Year-Old's Death

May 6, 2015
Department of Children and Families

A report by the state Department of Children and Families on the death of a 3-year-old Hollywood boy is prompting talk among policymakers about the next steps in fixing Florida's troubled child-protection system.

The report --- by what is known as the Critical Incident Rapid Response Team --- details a system-wide breakdown in protecting Ahziya Osceola, whose body was found March 19, hidden in the laundry room of his family's home.

Senate Bill Aims to Shift More Florida Foster Kids Out of Group Homes

Mar 16, 2015
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As lawmakers continue efforts to shore up the front lines of Florida’s child-protection system, they are also eyeing the back end — that is, what happens to children who have been removed from family homes due to abuse and neglect.

House and Senate committees this week examined the options for those children, with the Senate Children, Families and Elder Affairs Committee on Thursday passing a bill (SB 940) aimed at helping foster children who live in group homes.

The family of a 5-year-old girl who died after being taken into foster care has filed a federal lawsuit against Pinellas Sheriff Bob Gualtieri, the Tampa Bay Times reports. The family says the failure to provide the child with a mandatory medical screening led to her death from untreated tonsillitis. According to the Times, the child went without a medical screening for three days, which is a violation of state requirements.

A Mount Dora residential treatment center for deaf and autistic children is being accused of abuse and neglect, NBC News reports.

A Lake County home where a severely disabled teen died after 10 days of fever and illness has been the source of 148 neglect or abuse claims since 2001, the Miami Herald reports (paywall alert).

Though Paige Elizabeth Lunsford died in July 2013, the state’s Agency for Persons with Disabilities only filed an administrative complaint against the Carlton Palms Educational Center on Friday, after learning that the Herald was preparing to publish a story.

Child welfare advocates sense a “night and day” difference in the way the state will protect children at risk for abuse or neglect, the News Service of Florida reports. After a year of blistering criticism from the media and Legislature, the Department of Children and Families is increasing the number of child protection investigators and is implementing rapid response teams for child death cases. Legislators attending the DCF’s Child Protection Summit last week said they hope to make more tweaks to laws that helped institute changes, the News Service reports.

Hundreds of child advocates, officials and social workers told a federal panel in Tampa Thursday that Florida’s child death reforms are not enough to protect its children, the News Service of Florida reports. The Commission to Eliminate Child Abuse and Neglect Fatalities heard hours of testimony about changes to a system where hundreds of children have died while on the state’s radar, NSF’s Margie Menzel reports.

This weekend, investigators continued to unravel multiple cases of child abuse as questions about child welfare loom across the state.

Nearly 100 Florida children who died from abuse or neglect after the state was warned of danger are missing from official reports over the past six years, refuting officials' claims that fewer children are dying, a yearlong Miami Herald investigation revealed.

Three parents have been charged with abuse or neglect of their children, two of whom died. In the other case, a mother admitted she left five children age 7 and younger at home when she went out and drugged them so they would sleep. Here are details:

A Palm Beach County woman was charged with child neglect after a dentist found that her 2- and 3-year-old children had mouths riddled with cavities, the Palm Beach Post reports. The dentist, who saw the children at the request of the Department of Children and Families, found infections and a severe cavity on every tooth; six teeth were in such bad shape they had to be pulled.


Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office

As a dentist, Thomas Floyd developed a reputation as a dental champion for poor children, serving as president of the Florida Dental Association in the late 1990s, serving on committees dealing with indigent care, and giving lectures nationwide.  But in his West Palm Beach office, he developed another, more sinister, reputation, according to the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.

State regulators say it's one of the worst nursing homes in Florida, and it will be shutting down next month. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is cutting ties with the Tampa's Lakeshore Villas.

Medicare and Medicaid payments for services at Lakeshore Villas Health Care Center before July 13 will continue to be made for another 30 days, so residents can be safely relocated. Those payments will end when the facility closes its doors August 12.

A mother convicted of child neglect after her 13-year-old mentally disabled daughter was found malnourished and covered in lice and crabs will spend 18 years in prison, the Florida Times-Union reports. Jessica Rivera’s daughter died a week after she was removed from the home, where authorities say three siblings lived in similar conditions.  She originally faced manslaughter charges. 

A Jupiter couple who said their religious beliefs required limiting foods they gave their toddler have been arrested after the 19-month-old nearly died. The couple first noticed the child’s health deteriorate in February, but waited until late May to seek medical help, according to The Palm Beach Post.

Emma Morrison was born last year to a mother who had permanently lost custody of her four other children and both of Emma’s parents had a long history of domestic violence, drug abuse, and arrests. Yet child-service workers sent the newborn home with her mother. It did not end well, the Miami Herald reports.