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Head of Fla. Child Agency Resigns

August 13, 2002

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) _ The head of Florida’s embattled agency for children and families resigned Tuesday, four months after it learned that a 5-year-old girl in its care had been missing for more that a year.

Gov. Jeb Bush immediately accepted Kathleen Kearney’s resignation, which is effective Sept. 3.

The Department of Children & Families has been under fire since it was revealed that Rilya Wilson had disappeared while in state custody. The little girl has been missing since January 2001 and no caseworker had checked on her for 15 months.

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