Florida Department of Children And Families
Falsely Accused of Child Abuse Allegations
So where is the justice that is the question many Florida fathers say they are left asking when they are falsely accused of abuse. Some dads say one lie can shatter lives in relationships with their children and send them into bankruptcy. News channel -- Carson investigates what happens to fathers who are falsely accused and the mothers who make the false allegations.
The fathers of these children share one common goal. Tempe with their kids have fought for almost four years William -- fights for his daughter left him deep in debt.
I was falsely accused of a sexual allegations against my daughter.
Documents show that child's mother lied about the sexual abuse. Court records show there's also evidence she coached her child to do the same yet TC yes they never interview done. Back in 2007. We ask governor Charlie Christ house something like this could happen. But we can always do better obviously Chris promised to follow the case he had done is still in a legal battle with DCF asked. Dunn's attorney recently found this document. It shows that TCS caseworker did not believe the mother's abuse story but that didn't sound TC -- from trying to terminate Dunn's parental rights. Something he's recently asked the governor.
Hear about it's important to take your time examining what the facts are or are not. I think that's what DCF have tried to do in this case all of a sudden I get a knock on the door. From the sheriff. Tony I have five minutes to -- my personal boy needs to get out.
Still Shriver his ex wife also accused him of the views. He didn't see his children for three weeks and says only after his attorney threatened to sue DCF -- big case was dropped the damage was done. To me of course but they're like kids do damage area drummer house also understands.
I had my Parental rights completely revoked for six months without a hearing.
house believes if you get Communist system it's nearly impossible to get out and it isn't cheap. Combined these three fathers have spent more than 150000. Dollars in legal fees. By being false allegation --
If you don't have the funds. You can kiss your kids' good guy you get as much justices who can afford.
And that that's Savvis true welcome to America -- is a father and two he spent two weeks in jail for a crime he didn't commit. But the one thing you don't want to go to jail for a win this it is being called a baby rape her song turned his nightmare into his life's calling the east Allen expert witness for others who may be falsely accused. He's written three books on the subject and says he drugged repeatedly seized father's -- there's nothing worse what happens when people make these malicious false claims. Most of the time nothing. Even now under Florida law it's a felony in one year we found DCFS suspected 177. False reports. And referred 27 until law enforcement. That's less than 15%. Of those 27 cases.
Only 64 prosecuted. For our investigators are way -- underpaid and way too overworked have to waste time on places.
Where their DCF regional director nick Cox says it's not uncommon for parents in nasty custody cases to seek revenge. But even he is surprised by the numbers. Candidly I must say -- I think we need to increase the amount of times that we refer people over for criminal prosecution and police Father's Day is -- start but warn other dads the system -- to protect children. Can easily destroy what's left of a family -- always.
It was you're innocent until proven guilty. That's absolutely not the case.
The and you just heard from -- my house is saving money to get his case we heard. So he can spend more time with his kids. I tried contacting all of the mothers and involved in these stories. Only -- Shriver his ex wife responded. Kelli Griffin tells me she believes women lying all the time to get custody of their kids. And if she did that she said she would not confessed. Here's some background. Griffin made her original abuse allegations in July 09 she signed a letter saying she changed her mind one month later and recently. Two months ago Britain changed her mind again. Saying her original story was true after all. And by choice Mercedes that her mother is Jennifer show she has not seen her daughter since William Dunn received custody three years ago.
So as we start promoting the story the feedback started pouring in -- most people would agree something needs to be done we heard from the DCF director in your story right they're saying they do a better job may be pursuing prosecution so what changes. If any are being made.
Well nick Cox took this right away to his supervisors and he told me yes change is under way. DCF at this putting together a team to figure out exactly what needs to be done so people who make these false claims are prosecuted.