More Scrutiny Coming for DCF Hotline

Jan 14, 2015
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The call that came in to the Florida Department of Families abuse hotline hours before 5-year-old Phoebe Jonchuck was killed should have raised alarms, the News Service of Florida reports, but "the hotline staff concluded the report 'does not rise to the level of reasonable cause to suspect.” Now, lawmakers and DCF leaders are looking for more changes at the call center, focusing on the judgment calls made by staff when calls come in. As the News Service reports, it’s not the first time a child’s death has prompted changes at the state abuse hotline; it received $20 million from the Florida Legislature to redesign the call center after the murder of Nubia Barahona in 2011.

Source: Usf

As the Tampa Bay area continues to reel from the death of 5-year-old Phoebe Jonchuck, whose father was charged with dropping her from a bridge last week, state leaders are looking for answers.

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