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Florida’s children live and die at the crowded corner of Dickens & Orwell, part 3

How many adults does it take to get a 4-year-old girl from day care to her “destination?”

Quite a few for a 4-year-old in the “care” of the Florida Department of Children and Families (DCF) and its “community partners” at Eckerd Kids and Camelot Community Care.

We don’t know the child’s name because #PrivacyLaws. But her face is on RaSheeda Yates’ smartphone, as well as the internet, thanks to the underpaid, undertrained, and now unemployed Camelot driver who brought the child to Yates’ house Monday night at 7:45.

That’s a pretty long day for a little kid, and perhaps it explains why she was hungry, and scampered through the front door the moment it was opened by Yates’ 14-year-old daughter, although more sinister interpretations are possible.

Yates called the police, and eight officers came to her aid. Everyone was baffled that there was no missing child report.

Yates turned to the Church of Facebook and posted the child’s picture. Faster than you can say “6 degrees of separation,” the child’s biological mother saw the picture.

Four hours and two meals after the little girl walked through Yates’ front door, the foster parent, dressed in nightclothes, showed up. For some reason, the child did not want to leave. For obvious reasons, Yates did not want to “send her back to a place where people didn’t know she was missing.”

Predictably, DCF is “absolutely outraged.”

Naturally, Eckerd “urged” Camelot to “institute new procedures.”

Undoubtedly, Facebook is happy that Florida is talking tonight about something other than streaming suicide.

 

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Florence Beth Snyder is a Tallahassee-based lawyer and consultant.

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