The Florida Department of Children and Families (DCF) has confirmed that residents of the 1755 Briza Del Mar were under investigation prior to an accidental drowning that resulted in the death of 18-month-old Darnell Folks.
“We can confirm that we did have some interaction with this family during this Aug. 13 event,” DCF Northwest Region communications director DaMonica Rivas said. “Because the investigation is still open, we cannot provide details at this time.”
Rivas was referring to an incident that occurred after DCF received a tip about methamphetamines being produced in the home. A visit resulted in the arrest of Julian Suggs who was charged with manufacturing methamphetamine, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, possession of marijuana under 20 grams and possession of drug paraphernalia.
“Anytime we go into a home we look for current and impending dangers,” Rivas said. “We make the best decision given the information that we have available at the time.”
Less than two months later, police responded to the home for a report of a drowning.
According to a police report, three bottles of pills were collected along with blood samples from the living room and kitchen floors.
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