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DCF contractor threatened with contempt for no-show in court over child's death by hanging

A Miami child welfare judge threatened to hold child welfare workers in contempt of court for failing to appear before her Tuesday morning to help explain “what went wrong” before a 14-year-old hanged herself while live-streaming the tragedy on Facebook.

She also agreed, in response to a Miami Herald court petition, to review thousands of pages of documents related to the girl’s care to determine which of them the public has a right to see.

Miami-Dade Circuit Court Judge Maria Sampedro-Iglesia had scheduled a hearing for Tuesday morning to examine the suicide last week of Naika Venant, a troubled teenager who had been in and out of foster care since 2009.

Sometime after midnight on Jan. 22, Naika tied a scarf around her neck and hanged herself from a shower door. The teen streamed her death on Facebook Live from a bathroom of her Miami Gardens foster home. About two hours into the video, she was seen dangling from the shower.

Although the archived video has been taken down, portions and some still photos extracted from it remain in circulation. Story by Carol Marbin Miller here.