Child welfare agency: Girl who killed herself suffered abuse

MIAMI — A 14-year-old foster child who hanged herself in a shower stall and broadcast it on Facebook suffered years of sexual abuse, was beaten and rejected by her mother and bounced between more than 14 foster homes, according to a 20-page report released by the Florida Department of Children & Families.

The report released late Monday concluded that while state welfare authorities could have done a better job, Naika Venant's relationship with her mother Gina Alexis played a significant role in her death.

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