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Social Worker Filth
June 4, 2014 permalink
Social workers set and enforce the standard for the care of children. So the care that social workers give to their own children must be of premium quality. Not in Florida. Kysa Donawa, who was both a child protection investigator and a foster mother, has been arrested for keeping her children in filthy conditions.
Filth, insects found in DCF worker's home, report says
Authorities have taken the children away from DCF employee Kysa Donawa
A Kissimmee child protection investigator with the Florida Department of Children and Families was arrested Friday, accused of neglecting six children and keeping a filthy, roach-infested house where deputies found two dozen marijuana plants and counterfeit money.
Kysa Donawa, 41, who lives on Hollyhock Court, was taken into custody after Osceola County deputies raided her house with a search warrant, looking for drugs.
They found eight grams of marijuana and 26 marijuana plants, according to the Sheriff's Office, but also what one deputy described as "extreme filth".
There were roaches, spiders and flies, a deputy wrote, rotting food and the overwhelming smell of urine in several rooms of the house.
Authorities took away her six children — a 6-year-old girl plus boys ages 8, 9, 12, 15 and 17 — and placed them with a relative, according to DCF spokeswoman Kristin Gray.
In one of the children's bedrooms, deputies found "roaches, flies and spiders on the walls and bed," according to a Sheriff's Office affidavit.
They also found $325 in counterfeit money in one bedroom, the agency reported.
Also arrested was Donawa's husband, Randy Donawa, 38.
He told deputies that he had found the 26 marijuana plants growing in a nearby field and brought them home but that they were dying and he had been unable to give them away.
Both Donawas are accused of six counts of child neglect, production of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Kysa Donawa told deputies that she had worked at DCF for about a month.
She knew nothing about the two packets of marijuana found in the house or the 26 marijuana plants growing in pots in the back yard, she told authorities.
Gray said Donawa was hired by DCF on May 2 and was still undergoing training.
She also was fired Friday, Gray said.
Donawa also had worked for the agency for short periods in 2002 and 2004, Gray said.
There is no record that Donawa was disciplined during those stints, Gray said, and both times left DCF employment voluntarily.
Source: Orlando Sentinel