A plea agreement was reached in the case of a mother whose child died after he was left in a hot car in a driveway.
Less than 24 hours after CBS4 and its news partner at the Miami Herald broke the story of Department of Children and Families investigator Shani Smith not having certification to be an investigator, both DCF and Smith’s attorney’s have responded to the story.
After 11-month-old Bryan Osceola died in a sweltering hot car in May – accidentally left in the vehicle by his mother – state officials made their own startling discovery: The person responsible for ensuring the child’s safety wasn’t a certified investigator.
The Department of Children and Families is considering a system of “rotating supervisors” after the death of an 11-month-old Kendall boy prompted a closer look at the agency and the protective investigator responsible for his case.
CBS4’s Jim DeFede sits down with former Department of Children and Families case investigator Shani Smith to discuss problems she perceives in the department.
A DCF worker accused of allegedly falsifying documents after investigating a woman who has been charged with the death of her son after leaving him in the car resigned her position Thursday.
Wearing a red, “high profile” prisoner jumpsuit, Catalina Bruno wept uncontrollably in a Miami-Dade Courtroom Wednesday.
Shani Smith, the DCF worker facing termination for allegedly falsifying documents after investigating a woman who has been charged with killing her son after leaving him in the car, is denying the accusations against her.
The social worker assigned to investigate Catalina Bruno, the woman accused of killing her son after leaving him in the car, has been fired.