Fifth child dies in South Florida despite warnings to DCF
A Homestead man has been charged with shaking his 2-year-old son to death last week — one month after state child welfare administrators gave him custody of the toddler even though he was unemployed, living in a one-bedroom home with eight other children, had been repeatedly accused of domestic violence and had admitted to child-welfare authorities that he had “an anger issue.”
Two-year-old Jayden Antonio Villegas-Morales became the fifth Florida youngster to die since May after having already come to the attention of state child-protection administrators.
The deaths may also have claimed the job of Department of Children & Families Secretary David Wilkins, who had been Gov. Rick Scott’s longest-serving agency head.
Wilkins abruptly resigned last week amid a growing scandal over the deaths of children whose safety had already been investigated by DCF.
Jayden’s father, 29-year-old Angel Luis Villegas, (photo) was charged Sunday with second-degree murder. More from Carol Marbin Miller