When an adult is bloodied and broken-boned, the suspected perpetrator is charged with assault. When a child under DCF care is battered in an “accident,” the child is left in the environment in which the crime occurred.
The children’s right of protection from harm and abuse is subordinate to parental rights.
When the child protection team’s findings state that the child’s injuries “are inconsistent with the family’s story,” that child shouldn’t be returned to the parent or guardian as if nothing occurred. These adults should be arrested for assault and/or battery, just like they would be in the criminal-justice system.
Rachel L. Lebon, Miami