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Department of Children and Families

Naples, FL: (Aug-06-07) The guardians for Pierreisna Archille brought a lawsuit against the Department of Children and Families (DCF), accusing the agency of negligence when it ignored repeated allegations of abuse brought by Pierreisna's sister, Darlene Achille. The suit claimed that Darlene Achille filed complaints with the DCF, claiming that her mentally retarded sister Pierreisna was being abused by their foster father. When Darlene alleged abuse, DCF transferred her to another foster home and left Pierreisna in the Valazquez home in Immokalee. DCF didn't take the abuse complaints seriously until it was discovered that Pierreisna was four months pregnant. The failure of DCF to follow up on Darlene's complaints was the crux of the lawsuit, which argued that DCF caseworkers and investigators were negligent and allowed the rapes to happen. In a settlement reached, DCF agreed to resolve the suit with a $1.3 million payout. [NAPLES DAILY NEWS: FOSTER RAPE]


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Published on Aug-6-07


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