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Mother who was set on fire cannot see her daughter

CLEARWATER — The woman who was set on fire by her daughter requested permission to have visits with the girl, but a judge ruled that she cannot do so yet, according to an attorney involved in the case.

Nancy Broadhead's bed was set on fire by her then-11-year-old daughter and the girl's 15-year-old boyfriend in December. Both youths pleaded guilty to juvenile charges, and the girl has begun mental health treatment.

Records released this week by the state Department of Children and Families indicate the mother has been investigated several times for allegations of abuse and neglect, many of them relating to alcohol use.

But Broadhead has said through her attorney that she loves her daughter and wants to continue a meaningful relationship with her.

Attorney Roger Futerman, who represented the girl in her juvenile case, said on Thursday that the judge has scheduled a June hearing in which he will reconsider the possibility of mother-daughter visits. The judge's decision will take into account the recommendations of mental health professionals.

Mother who was set on fire cannot see her daughter 03/25/10 [Last modified: Thursday, March 25, 2010 4:10pm]
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