Former DCF Worker Arrested

Agents with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement say they a worker for the Department of Children and Families has been fired and arrested.

Investigators say Doreece J. Hines, of Daytona Beach, was arrested on two counts of falsifying records.

Hines was employed as a child protective investigator for the Department of Children and Families. 

According to reports from law enforcement, in April 2017, agents launched an investigation into allegations that Hines had falsified documents in the Florida Safe Families Network. 

Hines was assigned a case involving a child with bruises on the child’s body. 

Authorities say the investigation revealed Hines documented she made a visit to the child’s home and spoke with a parent to determine if the child was in present danger. 

According to investigators, it was later found no visit to the child’s home or conversation took place. 

Hines allegedly entered incorrect information in her case notes and later tried to change those notes.

Officials say Hines also failed to follow protocol and notify law enforcement and the child protection team about her case.

 Authorities say the Office of the State Attorney, 7th Circuit, will prosecute the case.

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