PALM BEACH COUNTY, Fla. - Judy Allen almost tears up when she thinks about it.
"Personally, I think they failed Jermaine and Ju'Tyra," she says.
The grieving grandmother points the finger at the Department of Children and Families in the deaths of her 6-year-old granddaughter, Ju'Tyra Allen and the girl's 10-year-old half brother, Jermaine McNeil.
She says, the proof is in the pages.
DCF reports released Tuesday explain how both children were taken from their mother, Felicia Brown, because of domestic violence in the home and substance abuse problems , only to be put back in her care several years ago.
The attorney handling the reunification says they had no reservations and calls the day Brown officially adopted Jermaine, "the best day of her (Felicia's) life."
Jennifer Gardner goes on to say, "There was no reason to think the placement was unsafe."
DCF's regional director, Perry Borman explained that Felicia followed the necessary steps to clean up her life and get her children back.
He says, "Felicia really stepped up to the plate. She took advantage of the services offered by the department, completed substance abuse."
Borman explains that DCF had no idea Brown was living with Clem Beauchamp, a felon who is now the prime suspect in the deaths, because DCF stopped checking up nine months after Brown was reunited with the children.
Six-months of follow-up visitation, officials say, is standard procedure.
Borman says, "The fact is that no matter what job we do sometimes, even if we do the best job, it ends up in tragedy."
But for the grandmother left with nightmares of the baby she helped raise being put into a duffle bag and dumped into a canal, closing this case without making any changes to the system, is simply unacceptable.
Judy Allen says, "The consolation I have is believing these children are in a better place, they don't have to suffer any longer, but, there's not, right now, for other children in the system, they should monitor these children for a longer period of time."
DCF says it does not plan to make any changes as a result of this case.
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