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Florida Child Services Worker Arrested for Throwing 11-Year-Old Foster Child Onto Couch

A Florida child services worker has been charged with child abuse after being caught on video slamming an 11-year-old foster child onto a couch. The girl was injured, though not severely enough to require hospitalization. Cordell Baugh-Samuels, 41, works as a “family care manager” for Kids Central, a contracted agency for the Florida …

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A Florida child services worker has been accused of harming an 11-year-old foster child by forcefully putting her onto a couch, which was caught on video.

The girl was injured, police said, but the injuries were not severe enough to require hospitalization.

Cordell Baugh-Samuels, 41, serves as a “family care manager” for Kids Central, a contracted agency for the Florida Department of Children and Families. according to WOFL. The girl was on a “night to night placement,” as outlined in court documents.

Another DCF worker said she requested Baugh-Samuels to watch over the girl while she went to the restroom. During her absence, the girl asked Baugh-Samuels to talk to her assigned case manager. Baugh-Samuels refused, picked her up forcefully by the armpits, and threw her onto the couch, as seen in the surveillance video in the room.

Baugh-Samuels then exited the room, leaving the girl crying on the couch and hitting her head against the wall before he returned to the room in an “intimidating manner” and appeared to yell at her.

“The victim instantly balled up, lifted her arms, and tucked her face down, indicative of trying to shield herself in fear,” the affidavit said.

Investigators found two bruises on her arm, indicating she was grabbed “with a great deal of force,” WKMG reported.

When the DCF worker returned to the room, she said she heard Baugh-Samuels tell her, “You’re not going to pull that s***.”

Baugh-Samuels informed the police that the girl requested to see another worker, and he refused. He stated that he prevented her from leaving the room and then “guided” the girl to the couch. When asked if he knew there was a video camera in the room, he claimed he was unaware.

Baugh-Samuels was released on a $2,000 bond and is scheduled to appear in court again on June 17.

[Featured image: Cordell Baugh-Samuels/Wildwood Police Department]

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