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Innocents Lost: a Miami Herald I-Team investigation

After Florida cut protections for children from troubled homes, more children died, often in cruel and preventable ways. To understand the magnitude of the problem — and possible solutions — the Herald studied every death over a six-year period involving families with child welfare histories. This series is the result of a year's worth of reporting by the Herald's Investigation Team, and multiple lawsuits to obtain state death records.

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Preserving families but losing children in Florida
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The littlest victims of Florida's drug binge

DCF investigators stymied by their own lawyers
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When everyone sees the hurt except DCF

Boyfriends: The 'huge red flag' that frequently gets ignored

Protecting kids with hollow promises

A snake, a girl and a mom who loved pills

In prison for manslaughter, a mom deals with regret, denial


Death by irresponsible parenting, bureaucratic inaction

As pills killed kids, the state shrugged

Florida's undercount of child abuse deaths

How Florida can learn lessons from Alabama

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