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 ( ) 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.


Information from: The Miami Herald,

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