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Officials: Dad Threw Toddler Over Hotel Balcony Before Jumping

Authorities say a father threw his 2-year-old son off a second-floor, hotel balcony in central Florida before jumping himself.

CBS Tampa–01/14/2014

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DCF Investigator Charged With Sexual Battery

A state Department of Children and Families investigator has been charged with two counts of sexual battery, police said Thursday.

12/13/2013

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New Report Blasts State Over Child Abuse Deaths

A scathing new report is critical of the state’s efforts to prevent child abuse deaths across Florida.

CBS Tampa–11/05/2013

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Bondi To Announce Anti-Human Trafficking Effort

Attorney General Pam Bondi will announce an anti-human trafficking initiative in Tampa.

CBS Tampa–09/27/2013

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DCF Trains 5,000 Staff In New System After Deaths

More than 5,000 Florida child protection staffers are training under a new system implemented after the deaths of a handful of children.

07/01/2013

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Fla. Officials Crack Down On $100M Lost In Food Stamp Fraud

Florida officials are cracking down on fraud in the food stamp program through a new system that verifies client’s identities before an application is processed.

01/23/2013

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Florida State Helping Out Foster Youth After They Leave The System

State child welfare officials are overhauling a program that helps teens as they age out of foster care.

CBS Tampa–08/16/2012

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Rural Homeless Shelters In Florida To Get $2 Million

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Homeless shelters across the state will receive more than $2 million dollars in federal grants. The Department of Children and Families says the money will go to 25 emergency homeless shelters […]

05/17/2012

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Clearwater Woman Believes Her Baby is Possessed, Tries to Throw Him into Harbor

CLEARWATER, Fla. (CBS Tampa) – A Clearwater woman who believed her baby was possessed by demons tried to throw her 3-month-old son into the Clearwater Harbor on Tuesday afternoon, police say. Police records show Lydia […]

CBS Tampa–04/18/2012