DCF investigations have failed so many times in the past it seems that now they are going overboard the other way.
Medical providers and teachers now report even the slightest bruise, cut or scrape and before you know it, a DCF investigator may be at your house questioning your children. Children need to be protected from real child abuse, but on the other hand, parents need to be able to discipline their kids responsibly. I once had a case where a church deacon spanked his daughter with a belt. She had stolen money from a neighbor’s house and then lied about it. There were no injuries other that a little redness on her legs. DCF got involved and removed her from the home. He was a single dad, a religious man, and was doing his best to raise his daughter in a really tough neighborhood. DCF actually went to Court and had her placed with an “Auntie” who was a phone sex operator. The straight “A” daughter, after being removed from her structured home environment ended up struggling at school and pregnant within a year. DCF actually went to Court and had her placed with an “Auntie” who was a phone sex operator. The straight “A” daughter, after being removed from her structured home environment ended up struggling at school and pregnant within a year
DCF also gets involved where there are accusations of sex abuse by a parent, guardian or other family member. These investigations are incredibly one sided and can lead to criminal charges. I have defended many stepfathers falsely accused by teenage stepdaughters who resent the new “father” in the home. They want to break up the new relationship their mother has developed and know that an accusation of sexual battery or sexual abuse will immediately get the new father figure in their life removed. It seems that DCF investigators always believe the false accusations. Sadly some of the young teenage girls lie and a false accusation can destroy a man’s life. News bulletin….teenage girls are manipulative and sometimes lie to get what they want.
In my experience I have found some of the investigators to be really heavy handed in the way they handle the investigations. There needs to be a balance between protecting the kids who really need protection and a witch hunt or false accusation that destroys the family unit.
If DCF refers the case to law enforcement and you are contacted by a detective, do not make a statement until you have had a chance to talk to a lawyer. Most lawyers do not charge for an initial consultation. You need to know your rights before you open your mouth. In the process of trying to “talk your way out of it” you may bury yourself in a later criminal prosecution.
I have been defending child sex crimes for over thirty years. If you are under investigation for child abuse, child endangerment or child neglect, before you say anything, give me a call to discuss things before talking. Call for a free consultation at 941 366 3506