September 24, 2010

Christen Rando Learned Why You Don’t Call Florida DCF For Help

Christen Rando Jail Booking

West Palm Beach, Florida (The Weekly Vice) - Christen Alyse Rando, a 27-year-old Florida woman was jailed Wednesday after she reportedly called Florida social welfare officials with questions about how drug use might effect her baby - only to be arrested and thrown in jail for her concerns.

According to the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office, Rando contacted the Florida Department of Child and Family Services back in July when she was concerned that her addiction to Oxycodone might effect her breastfeeding 2-1/2 month old son.

Investigators say DCFS took the baby to Jupiter Hospital for testing and found trace amounts of cocaine and Oxycodone in the child's system. Rando told DCFS workers that she had used drugs while breastfeeding her baby.

Rando was booked into jail and charged with child neglect.

A representative of the Oakwood Center of the Palm Beaches Panda Program, a drug treatment center Belle Glade, stated that DCFS has closed it's case and the family is now living at the center.

According to court records, Rando has had previous misdemeanor convictions for drug possession and theft.

Mandi Milenko
The Weekly Vice

Editor's Opinion:

The Weekly Vice is well aware of the daily nonsense and overall insanity that Florida law enforcement has to deal with. But this time it's the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office and Florida DCF who seem to have lost their senses.

While we admit, Ms. Rando could have avoided the whole issue altogether if she had just used baby formula... it escapes us as to why Florida DCF and the PBCSO couldn't have counseled the woman with simple logic like that instead of turning the case into a criminal matter.

Florida is a bastion of social programs. Florida taxpayers fund it. Yet authorities in this case couldn't pull their heads out of their asses long enough to recognize the opportunity they had before them to help someone.

Florida DCF, we know about you and your clusterfuck system. It's a masterpiece of social fail that repeatedly makes headlines when your own employees end up in handcuffs for one reason or another.

You dropped the ball on this one, as only the Florida DCF can. Who will call you for help now? Why should they? You're pathetic.

Keep your spirits up Christen. No one is perfect, and it takes a lot of courage to make the call you made. Please let us know how you're doing.

Danny Vice

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