DCF realized of child’s excess weight decline yrs right before she died of hunger, PCSO suggests

POLK COUNTY, Fla. (WFLA) — The Florida Department of Young children and People (DCF) was conscious of a Polk County girl’s steady weight reduction two a long time before she died of very long-phrase hunger, according to the Polk County Sheriff’s Office.

The sheriff’s place of work states DCF released a healthcare neglect investigation in December 2019 that discovered the toddler was “consistently dropping weight” and her parents were “not following-up with health practitioner appointments.”

The circumstance was shut, following an undisclosed amount of time, following the mother and father complied with DCF and Children House Modern society instructions and confirmed several favourable body weight checks, in accordance to the sheriff’s office environment.

The woman died this 7 days in Davenport, at approximately 3 years old, when weighing 9.5 lbs, the sheriff said.

“This investigation is underway. We never know what we never know about the DCF investigation at this time,” reported Sheriff Grady Judd at a push convention Thursday. “I halt shorter of throwing stones at this place in the investigation at DCF due to the fact DCF is termed to hundreds of events each individual day.”

Information Channel 8 has requested for an interview on this case from DCF, such as why and when the initial case was shut.

DCF has not presented that info.

Arhonda Tillman (Still left) and Regis Johnson (Right) (Credit: Polk County Sheriff’s Place of work)

The girl’s dad and mom, Regis Johnson and Arhonda Tillman, were being arrested on negligent kid abuse with terrific bodily harm fees. Much more costs are achievable.

A judge ordered them both equally held on $500,000 just about every.

Johnson’s brother, Frank Robinson, was arrested Thursday on baby abuse and failure to report costs.

A judge purchased him held on $500,000 bond on the youngster abuse cost and $100,000 on the failure to report cost.

According to an arrest affidavit, the girl experienced not viewed a physician since January 2020.

“This case is an example of why a sturdy little one welfare system with a secure workforce, adequate sources, products and services and supports is so essential,” wrote Teri Saunders, CEO of Heartland for Small children, the guide agency for Local community Dependent Treatment in Polk, Hardee and Highlands counties, in a assertion. “There are still a whole lot of inquiries that need to be answered to fully grasp the entire picture. We recognize that regulation enforcement and DCF are conducting their possess investigations.”

Legal professional and previous prosecutor Joshua Sheridan reported the scenario showcases the limitations of the little one safety system.

“The authorities oftentimes is as well understaffed, as well underpaid, way too underfunded to be able to adequately tackle all of it,” reported Sheridan, of Busciglio, Sheridan and Schoeb, P.A. “They have a specified volume of jurisdiction but it’s finite, it is not infinite. They can’t just retain men and women under their thumb in perpetuity.”