DCF Admits Role In Abused Child’s Death

HOLLYWOOD, Fla. (AP) _ Florida’s Department of Children & Families says state workers failed to see or fix a “pattern of repeat injuries” suffered by a toddler before his body was found in a box.

According to a report released Wednesday, 3-year-old Ahziya Osceola was being monitored by the Broward Sheriff’s Office, the Seminole Tribe and ChildNet, a privately run child welfare agency.

DCF investigators found that while all noticed the boy’s bruises and injuries at different times, they failed to talk with each other or determine that the toddler was in danger.

Ahziya was found dead in his Hollywood home March 19. His stepmother is charged with aggravated manslaughter, child neglect and lying to police. Her attorney’s request to reduce her $210,000 bond was denied Wednesday.

An autopsy concluded that Ahziya died from blunt impact abdominal trauma.