Now Andrea Fleary is Using lack of “Probable Cause” as the reason for not entering the home Really?

Andrea Fleary is using lack of probable cause for her excuse for not entering the home of the Barahonas. This is almost laughable, every other time caseworkers have also stated that they only needed reasonable suspision to enter a home. We as parents and grandparents have been fighting this for years. Caseworkers are taught that reasonable suspision is good enough when a phone call is made to the hotline – they can force their way into a home. Now she wants to play the lack of “probable cause” card. Really? Theye cannot have it both ways!
Barahona Caseworker: “I Did Everything I Could”

MIAMI (CBS4) – Andrea Fleary, the Florida Department of Children and Families caseworker fired for allegedly botching the investigation the Barahona family abuse case, believes she did everything she could to investigate the charges.

Fighting to regain her job, she told CBS4 News anchor Shannon Hori, in an exclusive interview, that she was a dedicated caseworker who did the best she could when the stopped at the home of Jorge and Carmen Barahona just before Valentine’s day. She had been sent to investigate allegations that their 10-year-old adopted daughter, Nubia, was being abused.

She did not find Nubia, or evidence of abuse, but days later, Nubia was dead, and her parents were charged with her murder.

“Not a day, not a day past that I don’t think about those kids,” Fleary said. “People may look at me and think that I’m heartless, but every case that I touched, it stays with me.”

None more so than the case of Nubia Barahona and her brother, Victor, twins found on February 14th in their adoptive father’s pick up truck.

Victor was alive, but convulsing and covered with chemicals. Nubia was in the back of the truck, covered with chemicals and dead.

Andrea Fleary says the first time she heard of the Barahonas was four days before that gruesome discovery, Thursday, February 10th.

A caller to the Florida abuse hotline said that children in the Barahona’s Southwest Miami-Dade home were tied by their hands and feet with tape and made to stay in the bathtub all day and night.

Fleary says she went to the home that day but no one was there.

She has been accused of not following through

“If you get an allegation that kids hands are being tied by tape and made to stand in the bathtub,” asked CBS4News anchor Shannon Hori, “that’s a pretty severe and specific allegation.”

“Again, like I said, it’s an allegation,” Fleary said. “A lot of cases come in to the hotline with allegations as such.”

She went back to the home on Friday, February 11th, and said the adoptive mother, Carmen Barahona answered the door.

“Based on information that mother had provided me at that time, the children were safe, ok,” Fleary said

Asked why, knowing how serious the allegations were against the parents, she didn’t ask to see the bathroom where the abuse had allegedly taken place, Fleary said she didn’t have the right.

“I don’t have the authority to go in a person’s house without probably cause,” she said.

Fleary says Carmen Barahona told her the twins were living with her husband, Jorge, at another location.

Fleary’s been criticized for not using that information to continue the search for the children over the weekend over the weekend. She blamed DCF rules and regulations regarding overtime.

“I was not authorized to work on Saturday and Sunday,” she said. “I not been preapproved to work overtime.”

She has heard the scalding criticism of her handling of the case, and the claim that she couldn’t be bothered to work on a weekend. She thinks it is unfair.

“The public can say we are lazy,” she said. “I can’t see any investigator that works with the Department of Children and Families that’s lazy, none of us, cause we work hard.”

When asked what she would say to Nubia now, if the murdered child could hear her, she answered through tears, “That I wish I could have saved her. I wish I would have seen her.”

A spokesperson for the Department of Children and Families disputed Fleary’s claim that she could not have followed up on the case over the weekend. DCF said has she asked to work over the weekend that request would have been approved because that is standard procedure.

Fleary said she wants her job back, and is appealing the decision to fire her.

Carmen and Jorge Barahona have been charged with First Degree murder, and face the death penalty if convicted.

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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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2 Responses to Now Andrea Fleary is Using lack of “Probable Cause” as the reason for not entering the home Really?

  1. darlene says:

    The woman is a fruitcake! she contradicted herself a few times, plus the spokesperson contradicted her. She’s crying tears b/c she lost a cushy govt job after 22 yrs not b/c of the kids. Sad thing is, she’ll get some dumbazz judge to force DCF to bring her back, and i’m sure with backpay.


  2. darlene says:

    Nevermind she had probable cause to enter…apparently she seems to FORGET the urgent call to DCF by Allessandra’s therapist that stated the children were tied up, locked in the bathroom. This woman is a MENACE AND A THREAT TO SOCIETY. Why is she not in jail?


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