toddler's death new scandal for child welfare agency
Unbelievable! The very day two-year-old Alfredo Montez was beaten to death by his babysitter for soiling his pants, a worker at Florida's child welfare agency was falsifying a report that she'd visited him and found him "happy." The scandal comes months after a four-year-old girl turned up missing after she left with individuals her caregiver believed were case workers; the girl's actual case worker filed false reports indicating she'd been visiting the child. In the two months since the girl was discovered missing, almost 140 state child welfare workers got the axe for various reasons, including failure to visit children in their care. Montez's case worker faces criminal charges, and the head of the agency is under pressure to resign.
Update: Child welfare officials apparently investigated child abuse claims against a 22-year-old woman twice in the days before she drove into Biscayne Bay with her two children, killing herself and her five-year-old daughter and putting her three-month-old son into a coma.