Miami: The Florida Department of Child & Families have released a 20-page report that reveals that 14-year-old foster child was beaten and abandoned by her mother and suffered years of sexual abuse, she switched 14 foster homes before hanging herself in the shower and streamed it live on Facebook.
The report was released on Monday and it concluded the relationship between the girl Naika Venant and her mother Gina Alexis were the main factor of her suicide. The report also suggested that the state welfare authorities failed to do a better job.
The report has been written by members of a Critical Incident Rapid Response Team, it said: “Despite everything that had occurred between Naika and her mother, Naika longed to be home. She often told her therapist that she greatly missed her mother and really wanted to go back home.” Naika hanged herself using a scarf at her foster home in Miami on Jan 22, she livestreamed her suicide on Facebook.
Her mother beat her with a belt in 2009 when she was sexually aggressive with another child, caseworkers removed her from her mother. Later the therapist asked her how a six year old girl knew about sex to which she replied that she slept in the room with the boyfriend of her mother and they watched “sex movies”.
It was recommended that Naika should live in a “specialized therapeutic foster home” but there were no beds available at that time. The DFC team concluded that mental health professionals should have addressed the trauma itself, rather than treating the symptoms of her abuse and trauma.