Voluiza County, Florida — Prior to being accused of opening fire on Volusia County officials, foster children aged 12 and 14 were involved in dozens of encounters with law enforcement officials, as well as government agencies designed to assist them. in their young lives show.
A 12-year-old boy and a 14-year-old girl fled the Florida United Methodist foster home Tuesday and broke into a home on Enterprise Osteen Road, according to the sheriff̵7;s office. Authorities said they were searching for the children when they found a home with clear signs of an intrusion. Inside the home, the children found guns, including AK-47s and ammunition.
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Initially, News 6 decided to name and show a picture of the boy because of the serious incidents and allegations he faced. We won’t show the boy or name him in the future. News 6 will no longer name a 14-year-old girl with a history of mental illness.
The boys and girls opened fire on officers about 30 minutes before officers shot a 14-year-old girl and the boy turned herself in. According to the statement of the sheriff’s officer Authorities suspended the opening fire on the children for as long as they could. Obviously conflicting about child abuse. Displaying video from the body camera No officers were injured during the shooting.
A 14-year-old girl was shot in the chest and arm. And she remained at Arnold Palmer Children’s Hospital in Orlando when she was last seen in critical condition and stable.
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A new report released by Volusia County details at least 39 encounters for law enforcement children dating back at least five years that paint a partial picture of their young lives.
Records from the sheriff’s office details have previously been released that the 12-year-old is now detained under the Baker Act three times within 10 days at the age of seven and has a mental illness. including bipolar disorder
The girl, now 14, has met with law enforcement more than 30 times starting in 2017, however, sheriff’s office records show. Most are not criminals. Authorities have repeatedly responded to the girl’s neighbors in Orange City because she and her siblings were walking around unsupervised without shoes.
In almost every encounter Officials have notified the Department of Children and Families.
In May 2017, the girl’s mother told officials she wanted Baker to serve her daughter “just because.” A neighbor told authorities in September 2018 that children had knocked on the door asking for food. During another incident that month, the children told authorities they were locked out of their homes. DCF was notified again.
Girls tried to bring home several animals in 2019, including two ducks from a local park. which was not harmed and released later Incident reports show. Other reports include incidents where siblings quarreled and stole chickens from another field. on most occasions Officials spoke with the girl and her mother “very thoroughly” about the behavior. He wrote that he had not committed any crime and notified DCF.
The 2018 Dog Theft Arrest Report said an 11-year-old girl was arrested on a mass burglary charge after taking a dog from a neighbor’s yard. The report stated that People who read about the theft on Facebook recognized her, stating that the same girl came to “Their homes and ask for the animals electronics and food”
Officers spoke to the girl’s mother. Her daughter is believed to have found the dog, according to reports. The dog was brought back to its owner.
Records indicate that DCF was contacted 12 times before she was taken from her mother’s care. Between 2018 and 2019, the girl was taken to a foster family. According to the incident report from the sheriff’s office
Records say the girl was hospitalized under the Bakers Act at least 11 times after committing suicide. Her foster parents told staff she had been diagnosed with bipolar disorder, bipolar disorder, ADHD, ADD and anti-adversary disorder. Another foster parent recently told authorities that she had schizophrenia.
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The girl was hospitalized last month. After she was reported missing on May 7, when officers found her. She said she didn’t want to go back to the home group. otherwise she will kill herself. Two days later, on May 9, she attempted suicide and was detained again under the Bakers Act. which the sheriff’s office records show
The girl was recently moved to the Florida United Methodist Children’s Home, where authorities reported she and a 12-year-old boy fled on Tuesday. Incident reports on May 28 showed she ran away from her foster home less than a week before the gunfight with officers.
The incident report from the sheriff’s office is just a small window. in the lives of 12- and 14-year-olds before the grave actions they are now accused of
Sheriff Mike Chitwood has attacked the agency dealing with the two youths. including the Ministry of Justice, Children and Youth and the Department of Children and Families
“Ministry of Juvenile Justice (Form) fails to work, DCF fails to work. And everyone is pointing fingers at each other,” Chitwood said.
Chitwood said both agencies are letting children fall through the cracks.
A DJJ spokesperson said it had nothing to do with the foster homes the children lived in or the foster care system, and they said they had no control over whether the children were released or detained safely, said Amanda Slama, director of the department. Florida’s DJJ wrote in an email to News 6 that the judge had finally made the decision.
“According to Florida law When the youth is arrested They will be screened by the Department’s DRAI, a tool developed not only by the Department, but also by the Department. But the DRAI committee that comprises our partners in law enforcement. Circuit judges, prosecutors, etc.,” Slama wrote, “if a youth is held in a secure detention facility or released under supervision within 24 hours of release. They will go to court (to) determine whether they are held in juvenile detention or safely released in the community.”
News 6 has contacted DCF for comment. but have not received a reply.
Boys and girls face criminal charges of attempted murder of a law enforcement officer and first-degree armed robbery. The state prosecutor’s office, RJ Larissa, said it was continuing to consider the case for the official charges.
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