Sheriff to review policies after child death
Pinellas County Sheriff's Office to review policies after death of child placed in foster home
The Pinellas County Sheriff's Office will review its internal policies after a 5-year-old girl died in foster care about a week after investigators removed her from her home.
Sheriff Bob Gualtieri said Thursday that Elizabeth Holder didn't received a medical screening within the 72-hour period after removal as required by law. The death remains under investigation, so it's unknown whether a screening would have saved the girl.
The sheriff's office reports that deputies found the girl walking around a Clearwater mobile home park unsupervised Jan. 11 while her mother appeared to be under the influence of prescription drugs.
Investigators removed Elizabeth from her home and placed her with a foster family. A babysitter was watching the girl Saturday when she began yelling that her head hurt. She collapsed and was later pronounced dead at a hospital.
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