Andrea Fleary a Scapegoat- Really? She did nothing while two children were abused

The Department of Children and Families caseworker who was fired in the wake of the Barahona abuse investigation wants her job back.

Andrea Fleary, who was fired by DCF last week after she was criticized by an independent review panel formed to investigate the Barahona case, plans to appeal the decision, her lawyer told NBC Miami.

Attorney Matthew Ladd says Fleary was scapegoated by DCF in the death of 10-year-old Nubia Barahona, whose body was found in the back of her adopted father’s pickup truck on the side of I-95 in Palm Beach County on Feb. 14.

Fleary had paid a visit to the Miami-Dade home of Jorge and Carmen Barahona just four days before the girl’s body was found and her twin brother Victor was found severely burned.

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Ladd claims that the Barahonas had a 10-year history with DCF, but that Fleary was assigned to the Barahona case that day. He claims she was sent to the home to check on the welfare of the two other foster children in the couple’s care, and that she left after finding no signs of neglect or abuse.

Fleary, who has been with DCF for 23 years and was an investigator for 10 years, was accused of not doing enough to protect the twins from abuse.

“This is a deliberate effort of the bureaucracy trying to save itself at the expense of the very dedicated front-line investigators,” Ladd said in a statement. “DCF’s failure to clear Investigator Fleary’s good name is an obvious attempt to scapegoat.”

Jorge and Carmen Barahona are both facing charges in Nubia’s death and Victor’s abuse.

First Published: Mar 16, 2011 12:02 PM EDT

Would someone please tell me how she is a scapegoat in all of this – Ms. Fleary did nothing to protect these two children. She went home and never ever tried to find them. Her reprimands go all the way back to 1998.

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Background:  The eldest of five children, Yvonne was born May 17, 1951 in Atlanta, Georgia. Raised in East Point, Georgia, she moved to Jackson County, Ga. until 2006 then moved to Port St. Lucie, Florida where she currently makes her home.  Licensed bounty hunter for the state of Georgia. Education:  After a 34 year absence, returned to college in 2004. Graduated with honors in Criminal Justice with an Associate’s degree from Lanier Technical College in 2006. Awards:  Nominated for the prestigious GOAL award in 2005 which encompasses all of the technical colleges. This award is based not only on excellence in academics but also leadership, positive attitude and the willingness to excel in one’s major. Affiliations:  Beta Sigma Phi Sorority  Member of The Florida Writer’s Association – Group Leader for St Lucie County The Dream:  Since learning to write at the age of five, Yvonne has wanted to be an author. She wrote her first novel Stan’s Story beginning in 1974 and completed it in 2006. Publication seemed impossible as rejections grew to 10 years. Determined, she continued adding to the story until her dream came true in 2006. The Inspiration:  Yvonne’s brother Stan has been her inspiration and hero in every facet of her life. He was stricken with Encephalitis at the tender age of nine months. He has defied every roadblock placed in his way and has been the driving force in every one of her accomplishments. He is the one who taught her never to give up The Author: Yvonne is currently the author of several novels, including:  Stan’s Story- the true story of her brother’s accomplishments, it has been compared to the style of Capote, and is currently being rewritten with new information for re-release.  Tangled Minds - a riveting story about a young girl’s bad decision and how it taints everyone’s life around her yet still manages to show that hope is always possible. This novel has been compared to the writing of Steinbeck and is currently being written as a screenplay. This novel will be re-released by Kerlak Publishing in 2009  Brilliant Insanity – released by Kerlak Publishing October 2008  Silent Scream – Released by October 2008- Slated to be made into a movie Yvonne’s Philosophy in Life - “Pay it Forward”: “In this life we all have been helped by others to attain our dreams and goals. We cannot pay it back but what we can do is ‘pay it forward’. It is a simple
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