TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — The teenage mother whose 3-month-old son was thrown from a car in Tampa says state child welfare workers didn't do enough to protect her and her baby.
Jasmine Bedwell tells The Tampa Tribune that the state should have removed her from an independent living program and put her back into foster care. She has sued the state and the sheriff's office for failing to protect her.
But state records released Wednesday say Bedwell, who turned 18 two weeks ago, often refused to the follow the rules of the program that allowed her to live on her own and associated with known criminals.
One of those was Richard McTear Jr., an ex-boyfriend accused of throwing her infant son from a car on Interstate 275 in May. The 21-year-old is charged with murder.
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