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DCF Head Carroll Weighs In On Probe Into Foster Child's Suicide Via Facebook Live

Nakia Venant's facebook

The head of Florida’s child welfare system says it will most likely be about a month before he will have a preliminary report ready for state lawmakers about Nakia Venant. She’s the Miami teenager in foster care who committed suicide live on Facebook last month.

Florida Department of Children and Families Secretary Mike Carroll says he’s truly saddened that 14-year-old Nakia Venant took her own life.

“It’s also sad that we live in a time when a young lady can live stream this on Facebook and this played out almost over a two and half hour period and have hundreds of folks watch and have nobody, but one friend try and contact anybody to intercede,” he said.

Nakia had been in and out of foster care and allegedly abused. Carroll says his agency has had dealings with her family over the course of about ten years.  And, he adds a probe is now underway by the Critical Incidents Rapid Response Teams, or CIRRT teams—normally charged with investigating child fatalities.

“It’s important for Nakia and all that would follow that we get it right because this is a case where lots of work was done,” Carroll added. “There were lots of assessments done. There were lots of services put in place. This wasn’t a case where we could easily figure out that we didn’t do x,y,z, but that was ineffective. So, we need to look at why and what we could do better.”

Carroll says for now, he’s waiting until the courts decide what information he can release to the public.

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Sascha Cordner has more than ten years of public radio experience. It includes working at NPR member station WUFT-FM in Gainesville for several years. She's worked in both radio and TV, serving in various capacities as a reporter, producer and anchor. She's also a graduate of the University of Florida with a bachelor's degree in telecommunications. She is the recipient of 15 awards from the Associated Press, Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ), and Edward R. Murrow. Her award-winning stories include her coverage on the infamous “Dozier School for Boys” and a feature titled "Male Breast Cancer: Lost in the Sea of Pink." Currently, Sascha serves as the host and producer of local and state news content for the afternoon news program "All Things Considered" at WFSU. Sascha primarily covers criminal justice and social services issues. When she's not reporting, Sascha likes catching up on her favorite TV shows, singing and reading. Follow Sascha Cordner on Twitter:@SaschaCordner.