Central Fla. mom accused of killing toddler investigated by DCF

Investigator: No injuries consistent with abuse

ORLANDO, Fla. - Six months before Mary Anne Schwartz was accuse of murdering her 3-year-old daughter, the Department of Children and Families investigated allegations of abuse, and cleared the mother of any wrongdoing.

According to a 28-page investigative report, Schwartz was staying at the Coalition for the Homeless in January. Someone called the abuse hotline and claimed she slammed her 1-year-old into a crib on several occasions and punched her 3-year-old daughter.

A DCF investigator found the 3-year-old girl had a small scratch on her forehead and several small bruises on her upper arm.

According to the report, Schwartz told the investigator the girl had fallen and her little brother had bitten her and caused the bruises.

The investigator did a full body search of the 1-year-old boy and found no evidence of abuse. The investigation was later closed.

The investigator wrote in the report that there were no physical injuries "consistent with abuse or neglect."

Six months later, the little girl was dead, and Schwartz was arrested and charged in her killing.

Local 6 asked DCF if the agency dropped the ball.

"In this particular case, these allegations just did not rise to the level of removal," said Kristi Gray, a department spokesperson.

Schwartz is currently in the Orange County jail charged with first-degree murder.

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