Ex-caseworker charged with falsifying records prior to toddle's death bonds out of jail



ALTAMONTE SPRINGS, Fla. - The former caseworker who was supervising a 2-year-old Seminole County girl before she was killed has been charged.

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement announced the charges against Jonathan Irizarry, 27, of Altamonte Springs, who is accused of lying about checking Tariji Gordon for signs of abuse before her death.

Irizarry has been charged with two counts of falsifying an official record which contributes to the great bodily harm or death of an individual in the care and custody of a state agency.

"These charges should serve to remind those responsible for protecting our children of how important that duty is," said State Attorney Phil Archer.

In January and February 2014, Irizarry was a dependency case manager for the Children’s Home Society of Central Florida Inc., a subcontractor of Community Based Care of Central Florida, and was assigned to supervise Rachel Fryer's children.

Authorities said Irizarry documented that he made checks on the children on Jan. 23 and Feb. 6, 2014, and in one instance noted the children were free from bruises. 

However, a Jan. 19 photograph of Fryer’s daughter found on Fryer’s phone indicates a bruised and swollen eye and one arm in a sling.

Additionally, a Feb. 12 postmortem examination of the child showed multiple healing injuries including cuts, bruises, cigarette burns and bite marks.

One Feb. 11, Tariji's body was found buried in a shallow grave in Crescent City. Fryer was later charged with murder in the young girl's death.

Irizarry was arrested Friday morning without incident and booked into the John E. Polk Correctional Facility in Seminole County.

He was released on a $10,000 bond late Friday night.