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DCF doesn’t get autopsy report of 7-year-old who died in state custody

by Dara Kam | October 29th, 2009

Department of Children and Families Secretary George Sheldon made the apparent suicide of a 7-year-old Broward County boy in foster care one of his top priorities in April.

Sheldon created a working group to get to the bottom of Gabriel Myers’ death and examine why the child was on a psychotropic drug cocktail without the consent of his guardians.

Despite Sheldon’s attention to the boy’s case, his office was unable to get its hands on a copy of the autopsy released to the public by the Broward County Medical Examiner early Thursday afternoon.

About an hour after the autopsy was made public around 11 a.m., Sheldon’s press secretary Joe Follick said he did not have a copy of it. He suggested getting a copy from the medical examiner.

Broward County Medical Examiner Joshua Perper quickly replied to a public records request and e-mailed a copy of the 28-page report.

Hours later, Follick still did not have a copy of it.

“By reviewing the facts of this case carefully, we can work to continue to improve the child welfare system in Florida. While much progress has been made, Gabriel’s death starkly reminds us that when it comes to a child’s life, we cannot relax. Every decision we make profoundly affects the life of that child,” Sheldon said in a press release when the Myers work group was created in April.

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6 Responses to “DCF doesn’t get autopsy report of 7-year-old who died in state custody”

  1. Cause of death of 7-year-old in foster care who hanged himself: “undetermined” | Post on Politics Says:

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  2. Brenda Alexander Says:

    This death has really affected me deeply. This child did not have to die and I do not believe we are being told the whole truth regarding his death. This is another case where CPS screwed up and another child is dead. They protected him to death. They drugged him into a zombie so that he’d be compliant and docile or did they drug him as a guinea pig so they could get grants from the big pharmaceutical companies? Either way, they failed this child as did the foster care providers. Gabriel deserves justice. Let’s make sure he gets it.

  3. taffy19 Says:

    i just want to know when is (it) going to stop?when is cps going to stop sugar coating the deaths of these childerm?how is dying best for a child?when are the laws going to change.cps is playing god with these childerm.i pray gabriel haunts these cps workers every night and day the rest of there lifes tell the police get to the botton of his death.REST IN THE ARMS OF THE ANGELS GABRIEL

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