[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.

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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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