Florida's Little Girl Lost

A Miami child's disappearance from foster care reveals cracks in a state's overburdened system

How do you lose a chubby-cheeked and fidgety 5-year-old and not notice she's gone? For most parents, 15 minutes out of sight would be enough time to worry. For the state of Florida, it took 15 months.

A foster child removed from her drug-addicted mother's custody, Rilya Wilson was supposed to be living in Miami with Geralyn Graham, who says she is Rilya's grandmother. But Rilya's mother, Gloria Wilson, told reporters that Graham was Rilya's "godmother." While in Graham's care, the child should have received monthly visits from caseworkers at Florida's Department of Children and Families. But on April 25, DCF...

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