Friday, July 3, 2009

Florida Mother Suing Sherriff, Family Servies Over Baby's Death

Wednesday, Jul 1, 2009 @09:29am CST

(Tampa, FL) -- A young Florida mother reportedly plans to sue local law enforcement and the state's child welfare agency over the gruesome death of her three-month-old son.

An attorney for 17-year-old Jasmine Bedwell claims the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office and the Florida Department of Children and Families were negligent in protecting Bedwell and her baby from the teen mother's violent ex-boyfriend.

Bedwell was living on her own under the supervision of the Department of Children and Families when she was allegedly attacked by 21-year-old Richard McTear back in May.

During the attack, McTear allegedly threw Bedwell's baby from a moving car onto a Tampa highway, killing the infant.

Attorney W. Thomas Wadley says child services officials and the sheriff's department both knew McTear was abusive long before the fatal attack.

He claims the baby's death could have been prevented if the agencies had made the effort to protect the young mother.

Richard McTear is currently in jail awaiting trial after pleading not guilty to first-degree murder charges.

He could face the death penalty if convicted.

Florida Mother Suing Sheriff, Family Services Over Baby's Death

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