In his deposition for the governor's blue-ribbon panel examining the state's performance in Rilya
's disappearance, Dr.
Kearney had been under scrutiny for months following the revelation that Rilya Wilson, a girl in DCF care who would be 5 now, had been missing for more than a year without state officials knowing about it.
The Rilya Wilson case led Marrero and reporters Sally Kestin and Megan O'Matz to search for some of the state's missing children after government officials claimed they had done all they could to find more than 500 DCF youngsters deemed lost.
WELFARE officials in Florida have acknowledged that fiveyear-old girl Rilya
Wilson, who had been missing for more than a year before anyone noticed because of a blunder,may have been murdered.
Congress and faced a serious crisis when he joined Governor Jeb Bush's office as general counsel just prior to the Rilya
Said Gievers: "The tragedy of that misperception could not have been more obviously underscored by the fact that one of the judges who felt that, based on their experience on the bench, that they knew when the child needed a lawyer, was in the Rilya
Wilson Case," referring to the 5-year-old girl who vanished for 15 months before the Department of Children and Families reported her missing in April.
(2) Five-year-old Rilya
Wilson's DCF caseworker falsified visitation records to circumvent the requirement that she visit her assigned children every 30 days.