Thursday, January 06, 2005

Another Benefit of Big Government:

Safe Children.

No, that is not the case.

For opponents of Big Government, knowing everything they touch gets wrecked, costs too much, is inefficient, or run like a DMV is good enough reason to watch them like hawks and hem and haw over every dime.

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Jury: Fla. Agency Guilty in Child's Death

8:39 PM EST, January 5, 2005

By Associated Press

STARKE, Fla. -- A jury ruled Wednesday that the state's child welfare agency was at fault in the beating death of a 3-year-old girl who was allowed to remain in an abusive home. The panel awarded the child's father $250,000. The case is latest in a series of embarrassments for the Department of Children & Families, which has been under scrutiny since the disappearance of a foster child who was in the state-approved care of a woman with a lengthy criminal record.

"We are reviewing the jury's decision and are exploring our legal options," Department of Children & Families spokesman Tim Bottcher said.

Ciara Floyd was beaten to death by her mother's boyfriend in 1996, a month after her father sought hospital treatment for the girl for bruises on her chest and back. A child abuse investigator determined there was not enough evidence to remove the child from her mother's home. The boyfriend was sentenced to 30 years for his guilty plea to murder in the case. The lawyer for DCF argued the investigator had no recourse under the law but to leave Ciara with her mother since there were no doctors' reports of abuse.

"Without that, there were no reasonable grounds to justify the removal of Ciara," Deputy Attorney General Denis Dean said.

"Whether she'd like to do something, whether she has a feeling, she has to follow the law."

But the father's lawyer argued that there was plenty of evidence to remove the child, including the girl's bruises, an admitted domestic battery by the boyfriend and a verified abuse report involving another child.

The above came from the Hartford Courant website.

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