The Florida state attorney in Fort Pierce has accused Department of Children & Families caseworkers of ”coaching” two children to falsely accuse their father of sexual abuse — allegations that robbed the man of custody for several years.
State Attorney Bruce H. Colton blasts the agency for causing a father who may be innocent to lose his children, while an alcoholic, drug-addicted and neglectful mother was allowed to raise them.
‘Although DCF employees are not technically guilty of committing a crime in this case, it is evident that these children have no chance to be `normal’ due to the reckless mishandling of this family,” Colton wrote in a letter to DCF Secretary Jerry Regier. “If the children are telling the truth in their latest statements, the children have been sent on a six-year roller coaster ride of reckless indifference by DCF from which they will probably never recover.”
The Miami Herald reports that Colton’s letter concerns an ongoing dispute between the DCF and Dennis Gaffney, the father of boys ages 16 and 10. DCF’s actions in the case now are under investigation by the agency’s Inspector General’s Office in Tallahassee.