As a case involving child abuse proceeds against two Putnam County parents… the Florida Department of Children and Families is working on where to place their three children. DCF Spokesman John Harrell says the department’s first responsibility is making sure the children are receiving the care they need.[audio:http://www.wuft.org/news/files/2012/03/HARRELL1.mp3]
Putnam County deputies investigating a separate incident went in to the home of Kaitlynn and Michael Turner yesterday and discovered two one-year-old boys tied up with numerous bruises and a two-year-old unbound. Harrell says the Child Protection Team is looking in to whether the bruising relates to prior incidents of abuse. While DCF currently has custody of the boys, Harrell says investigators are working to find the boys a home, together.[audio:http://www.wuft.org/news/files/2012/03/HARRELL4.mp3]
He says the investigation is difficult because the boys are too young to say what happened, so investigators are hoping to gain more information through questioning family and neighbors. He says incidents like this are rare and potentially unreported- so anyone who suspects abuse should report it to DCF by calling 1-800-9-6-ABUSE.