Child welfare lawyers to judge: We made a 'simple mistake'

By The Associated Press | Posted - Mar. 9, 2017 at 5:30 a.m.



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MIAMI (AP) — Florida Department of Children & Families lawyers told a judge they made a "simple mistake" when they gave her incorrect information about the welfare of foster children who may have witnessed a teen hang herself on Facebook live.

Judge Maria Sampedro-Iglesia had ordered the agency to explain why they shouldn't be held in contempt of court over a mix-up in identifying a girl who was in the home Jan. 22 when 14-year-old Naika Venant died.

The Miami Herald (http://hrld.us/2moIGHC ) reports the judge didn't announce her intentions after Wednesday's hearing.

In a Feb. 28 order, she threatened to possibly jail the agency's top Miami attorney. Attorneys said the children are getting the services they need and that the agency never meant to mislead the judge.

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Information from: The Miami Herald, http://www.herald.com

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