The mother of a 2-year-old Lakeland boy who was beaten to death has been arrested and charged with neglect and accessory to a capital felony, News Channel 8 reports. A man she was dating has been indicted on a first-degree murder charge in the case. The case prompted the Florida Department of Children and Families to open an investigation that in the agency’s words will “examine prior interactions with the family and address potential systemic issues within the local system of care,” the station reported.

Source: News Channel 8

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