Child Abuse Investigator Fired After Boy's Death

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Associated Press Release


MIAMI (AP) -- Florida child welfare officials have fired a child abuse investigator they say forged documents about substance abuse treatment for a mother six months before that she left her 11-month old baby in a sweltering car where he died.

Catalina Bruno left Bryan, her purse and a can of beer in the car outside their Miami home on May 16. He had a 109-degree temperature when he was found. His mother was charged with aggravated manslaughter.

The Department of Children and Families first became involved with the family in November when Bruno was found drunk, passed out in her car with the baby on her lap.

The child abuse investigator said she contacted a substance abuse expert to determine whether Bruno needed substance abuse treatment, but DCF now says she didn't.

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