[UPDATE] DCF Investigates Child Death

By: Capitol News Email
By: Capitol News Email

[UPDATE] 5-24 10:57am - TAMPA, Fla. (AP) --

Authorities say a Tampa mother hindered a child-abuse investigation leading up to the beating death of her year-old baby last month, allegedly by a live-in boyfriend.

Hillsborough County court documents show the baby's 21-year-old
mother, Swazikki Davis, didn't tell child protective investigators
about a new boyfriend living in the home. That man, 21-year-old
Damarcus Kirkland-Williams, is now accused of fatally beating
Davis' infant son, Ezekiel Mathis, on May 18.

Documents showed that a judge had ordered the mother to stay
away from Kirkland-Williams, and child protective investigators had
already removed Davis's 2-year-old daughter after they suspected
the man was beating her.

Davis, who has not been criminally charged, says that despite the warnings from court, she couldn't have seen this happening.


A disturbing story in the Sunshine State as a young boy is dead, but not before Child protective investigators sought to put him in foster care twice and failed.

13 month old Ezekial Mathis died Friday at the hands of his mother's 21 year old boyfriend in Tampa, FL.

The Department of Children and Families is asking why the child was left in the home after his older sibling was removed by protective investigators.

DCF Secretary David Wilkins says when future disagreements occur, he wants the Tallahassee office notified.

Wilkins says, "This child being so young and there being no sign of abuse, the AG was sort of erring on precaution, which of course ended up being the wrong answer."

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  • by Danu on May 25, 2011 at 07:46 AM
    Child abuse is only going to rise with all of the Gov Scott cuts to the various programs aimed at helping high risk adults go away. DCF won't have the man power to do much of anything to prevent it.
  • by TIR on May 24, 2011 at 06:00 PM
    In one day this story has more comments than the story about the white man currently on trial for the murder of a 2 year old and that story was posted for a few days...hmmm, what is the difference, I wonder...escaping me at the moment. White people, you are laughably pathetic.
  • by off course on May 24, 2011 at 02:01 PM
    Jeez, these two should be jailed just for their names....and people say your name has nothing to do with your personality......keep giving kids so-called african names and watch them in the paper everyday
  • by Jessica Location: Tallahassee on May 24, 2011 at 11:58 AM
    This mother should be charged with murder as well for letting someone like this around her baby. I hope that her two year old is placed with a caring family that will love and protect him/her.
  • by Dee Location: Tallahassee on May 24, 2011 at 11:45 AM
    You can blame DCF all you want, but the real problem is all these women having babies who don't even care about them - all they want is the money. When is our govt. going to stop rewarding women to have as many illegitimate kids as they want with as many different fathers? It's the kids who suffer, and they have no voice. I don't know about the rest of you, but I'm sick and tired of reading stories like this!
  • by Anonymous on May 24, 2011 at 11:03 AM
    Another publicized case of DCF at it's finest!!!!!!!! Now think about all the other cases similar to this that don't get media attention. DCF should be closed down and let law enforcement take over so it can be done right. hire some new LEOs for it.
  • by baffled Location: Crawfordville on May 24, 2011 at 10:21 AM
    The article said the AG was erring on the side of precaution. What? If they erred on the side of caution, they would have taken this poor child from that sorry excuse for a mother. His blood is on their hands, and on hers.
  • by Bob Location: Tallahassee on May 24, 2011 at 09:25 AM
    Probably on government assistance.The State should sterelize women like her.She has no right being a mother.Her two year old should be put up for adoption,Some people actually love and nurture children. WHAT A SHAME
  • by Christi Location: Ga on May 24, 2011 at 09:24 AM
    Was that man worth it honey.
  • by Black Beauty Location: Chattahoochee on May 24, 2011 at 08:53 AM
    It's a sad situation but worse is the system. The system can respond to the foney calls of folks calling DCF for no apparent reason just because they are out to hurts others but they can't remove a child when they see others in the house are being abused. Something needs to be done about the system because they have it all wrong. The DCF are quick to run to your house when others make those falsely reports but where are they when you really need them. Shame on the mother also. You love a man more than you love your children. How?
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