DCF: investigation underway in life, death of girl

BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) — The state Department of Children and Families is conducting a review in how it handled the life and death of 11-year-old Janiya Thomas, who went missing for a year and whose body was presumed to have been found in a relative’s freezer.

DCF Secretary Mike Carroll said in a statement Thursday that his agency is trying to find out whether anything could have been done differently to prevent Janiya’s death.

Authorities say the recent autopsy on the body believed to be that Janiya was inconclusive. The Bradenton Police chief says more medical testing is needed to determine the cause of death and for positive ID of Janiya Thomas and that the results will likely be announced next week.

The girl’s mother remains in jail on contempt and child abuse charges.

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