Unfortunately, what happened in Florida with killer dad PATRICK DELL is more typical than not. Those in authority CONSISTENTLY emphasize the rights of the father over the rights of mothers and children. They CONSISTENTLY minimize or deny the father's past violence and/or potential for future violence, therefore continuing to put innocent people in harm's way. Now five people are dead because of Florida DCF and others in authority who just couldn't bother to lock this guy up and keep him locked up. We've posted on this case before.
DCF Previously Reported Dad Who Killed Kids on Monday Not a Threat
Published: Tuesday, September 28, 2010 at 11:58 p.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, September 28, 2010 at 11:58 p.m.
Child welfare officials said one of the agency's investigators ignored five cases of domestic violence in the months before a jealous husband fatally shot his estranged wife and four stepchildren in their home.
Patrick Dell's murderous rampage Monday was the culmination of months of terrorizing his wife while the couple underwent a bitter divorce. Dell came after her with a knife in December, yelling "you will be going to the morgue," according to a police report. But a child protective investigator deemed the case low risk, stating "the father has stated that he would never harm the children."
Dell and his wife, agreed to a "safety plan" promising to call 911 in future incidents and the case was closed in February with little action and no follow-up into the safety of the seven children.