Department of Children and Families

Two DCF Managers Reassigned After Family Massacre

Two managers with the Florida Department of Children and Families accepted lower-wage jobs after failing to stop a man within their office's jurisdiction who killed his six grandchildren and their mother.

The Gainesville Sun reports Amy Butler, a former regional manager, and Cynthia Speed, a former investigator supervisor, took new jobs with 50-percent less pay.

The reassignments come after an investigation showed DCF failed to heed numerous warning signs, including a report just weeks before the Sept. 18 murder-suicide that Don Spirit was abusing his grandchildren.

Spirit killed all six children, ages 11 to 3 months, and his daughter Sarah Spirit before turning the gun on himself.

DCF is also retraining investigators in the office that handled the case.

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