Pasco County child protective investigator arrested for falsifying records in abuse case

Kaylynn Scott has worked as an investigator for less than a year. Authorities say she lied about interviewing and drug testing parents.
Kaylynn Scott, 24, was arrested Thursday for falsifying records in a child abuse case. She is a child protective investigator with the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office. [Pasco County Sheriff’s Office]
Kaylynn Scott, 24, was arrested Thursday for falsifying records in a child abuse case. She is a child protective investigator with the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office. [Pasco County Sheriff’s Office]
Published June 21

NEW PORT RICHEY — A child protective investigator with the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office was arrested Thursday for fabricating records in a child abuse case.

Kaylynn Scott, 24, of Dade City lied about interviewing and drug-testing two parents, deputies said. She reported the parents had tested negative and documented interviews with the mother and father. The mother involved in the case told deputies the test and interviews never happened.

Scott recorded in a state database used to track investigations that she met with the parents in December 2018, according to police records. Deputies said the mother told them if she had been tested, it would have come back positive.

Scott worked at the Sheriff’s Office from June 25, 2018 to May 1, 2019.

Pasco is one of only six counties where investigations into reports from the abuse hotline are conducted by the local sheriff's office. The other five include Hillsborough and Pinellas counties. In most cases, the initial investigation is conducted by trained civilians, not sworn deputies.

The county received 1,438 abuse and neglect reports in the three-month period ending March 31, during which Scott is alleged to have filed the false report. As of that date, 22 of Pasco's 48 child protective investigators — around 45 percent — had more than 20 open cases, according to Florida Department of Children and Families data. That was the third-highest in the state, behind Broward and Walton counties.

Contact Sarah Verschoor sverschoor@tampabay.com. Follow @SarahVerschoor.

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