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Interim director plans to reset child safety standards
Five children being watched by the Department of Children and Family Services have died since May. Now, one week after the DCF secretary stepped down, the interim-director wants to reset child safety standards.
Interim secretary Esther Jacobo says her first priority is to review all of the recent deaths in detail. She met with staff this week about changes the department needs to take.
Interim-Secretary DCF Esther Jacobo said, "I did want to try and have a moment with you guys to refocus us all on really what's important and help us get through these difficult times we've been having right at this moment."
Kurt Kelly of Florida Coalition for Children said, "She's got a big charge in front of her, but we're going to be there and stand arm and arm and side by side with her."
In one of the recent deaths, a child protective investigator was fired for forging documents about an 11-month-old baby --- who died after being left inside of a hot car.