No charges filed: Get this former foster mother's biological children returned

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In December 2016, a 17-month-old special medical needs foster child in the care of Tammi Flythe passed away. A few days later, and without a thorough investigation into the child's death, her biological children (then aged 16 and 11) were removed from her care and placed in the system. And although she had just picked up the child from the hospital approximately an hour before due to a choking episode that caused him to stop breathing, and a case manager being present at her home upon arrival and leaving 7 minutes before 911(who cited no concerns during her visit) was called again due to choking,  Ms. Flythe was accused of causing abusive head trauma that lead to his death. The child, however, did not have any fractures or large bruising that would indicate she caused trauma. In February of 2017, she was arrested on suspicion of 1st degree murder and spent 12 days in solitary confinement before being granted bail.

After allowing her attorneys time to obtain and have the medical records sorted and reviewed by medical experts, the state of Florida decided in January 2018 that they would not be pursuing criminal charges on Ms. Flythe. However, as of the first week in February, Ms. Flythe's biological children still have not been returned. 

This is a huge scare for current and potential foster parents who believe their own children could be put in the system should the state decide to take them because of something unforeseeable happening to a foster child in their care.  And with the state of Florida, and Hillsborough County in particular, constantly stating they are overburdened with foster care cases, it is highly disturbing that this woman's children - teenagers of a mother who has NEVER had any criminal issues and who has raised her honor roll and upstanding children practically by herself their entire lives - have STILL not been returned.  Her daughter is in her senior year of high school and is trying to return home to graduate with her friends and get her Florida scholarships and her son wants to resume his activities with his school and friends.

Please encourage the state of Florida to return Ms. Flythe's children so that they can be together and try to resume as much of a normal life as possible after such a horrific situation.



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