DCF releases documents about the mother of the girl found locked in the freezer

Keishanna Thomas
Posted at 10:23 PM, Oct 27, 2015
and last updated 2015-10-28 08:06:09-04

The 26 page confidential investigative summary details a history of visits by the Department of Child and Family Services involving the five different children of Keishanna Thomas. She's currently in the Manatee County Jail charged with child abuse and abuse of a dead body.

The body of her 11-year old daughter Janiya was found in a locked freezer at a relative's house earlier this month in Oneco. It's still not clear how she died.

The documents say the girl was last seen in July of 2014.

These reports details a series of possible physical abuse, as well as conditions that included rats, roaches and garbage.

"We're talking about DCF but we need to look at the child welfare system," said Doug Staley, CEO of the Child Protection Center on Orange Avenue in Sarasota.

Staley says Florida has some of the worst numbers in the country when it comes to child deaths. He says through abuse, drownings and accidents 386 have died statewide this year--including ten in Manatee County and six in Sarasota County.

So what's Staley's recommendation?

"It starts with some of the things we're looking at: Better training, collaboration from helping kids fall through the cracks," Staley said.

Staley gives DCF credit for one thing.

"I commend Secretary (Mike) Carroll for his comments, coming out and saying there were breakdowns in the system," Staley said.