FDLE arrests former child welfare caseworker for falsifying home visit records


For Immediate Release

August 22, 2014

ALTAMONTE SPRINGS, Fla. - The Florida Department of Law Enforcement Orlando Regional Operations Center arrested Jonathan Irizarry, 27, of Altamonte Springs, Fla., on 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, Section 839.13(2) (b), FS. 
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 the three children of Rachel Fryer.   
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, the body of Fryer’s daughter was found buried in a shallow grave in Crescent City, Fla.  Rachel Fryer is charged with her murder. 
Irizarry was arrested this morning without incident and booked into the John E. Polk Correctional Facility in Seminole County on a $10,000 bond.  The investigation will be prosecuted by the Office of State Attorney Phil Archer, 18th Judicial Circuit in Seminole County. 
"These charges should serve to remind those responsible for protecting our children of how important that duty is," said State Attorney Archer.
For Further Information Contact:
Gretl Plessinger, Samantha Andrews or Steve Arthur
FDLE Office of Public Information
(850) 410-7001


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