• Mother of toddler who was found dead, arrested before


    SANFORD, Fla. - The medical examiner's office is still working to find out what killed a 2-year-old Seminole County girl whose body was found in Putnam County.

    Tariji Gordon’s mother, Rachel Fryer, is now in jail on aggravated child neglect charges.

    Police said Fryer admitted she watched Gordon take her last breath but didn’t call 911.

    Channel 9’s Tim Barber found out in 2011 the 32-year-old accidentally killed Gordon’s infant twin brother by rolling over on him in her sleep.

    Police said she also admitted to a bizarre outburst in the parking lot of the old Sanford Police department.

    According to an arrest report, Fryer admitted to chasing a woman there with a tire iron, bashing in her car and then speeding away from investigators in her car until she crashed.

    Gordon and her other siblings were put in foster care after Gordon’s twin died but were given back in November.

    DCF said in a statement they are now reexamining what led to that decision.

    A DCF spokesperson also said parents must complete a case plan which satisfies the case workers, attorneys and the courts.

    Fryer completed and passed the test.

    WFTV learned last year case workers considered keeping the children in foster care, but since Gordon’s brother's death was ruled accidental they did not think they had the authority to keep them away from her.

    DCF said the case plans are tailored to each parent so if someone has a history of substance abuse, such as fryer, the person can get counseling

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