Janiya Thomas

Seven employees at a Florida agency that investigates child abuse have been disciplined for mishandling allegations of abuse involving a woman whose daughter’s body was found inside a freezer.

Manatee County Sheriff's Office

The mother of an 11-year-old Florida girl who was found dead in a freezer at a relative's home was indicted Tuesday on first-degree murder charges, authorities said.

Manatee County Sheriff's Office

The mother of a girl found dead in a freezer was accused of beating her five children for years in a home that at times was filled with rats and roaches, according to documents released today.

Department of Children and Families

Florida Department of Children and Families Secretary Mike Carroll told a Senate panel late last week that the state's child-protection system appears to have failed two Southwest Florida children whose bodies were found in recent days.

"In both these cases, there's no question we had system failure," Carroll told the Senate Children, Families and Elder Affairs Committee.

Manatee County Sheriff's Office

The body of an 11-year-old girl who had apparently been missing for more than a year — though authorities say no one reported her disappearance or questioned her whereabouts — was found in a freezer that her mother left at the home of some family members, police said Monday.