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A Florida woman who has been accused of starving her seven-year-old adopted daughter, forcing her to drink bleach and burning her hands on the stove was still allowed to work as a nurse for several months after the little girl died.
Gina Emmanuel, 50, was arrested in Miami last month on multiple counts of aggravated child abuse, neglect and psychological abuse following the 2018 death of her daughter Samayah Anne Emmanuel.
Charges - Girl - Sisters - Brother
The charges relate to the girl who died, as well as her adopted sisters, aged six and 12. They also have an adopted five-year-old brother.
Emmanuel, who is out on bond, is due to be arraigned on the charges on Monday.
Authorities - Nurse - Samayah - Death - November
Authorities started investigating the registered nurse following Samayah's death in November 2018 after the girl was found with suspicious injuries that officials described as torture.
They said her body was severely malnourished and that she was covered in bruises, burns and open wounds.
Investigators - Emmanuel - Samayah - Bleach - Hands
Investigators allege Emmanuel forced Samayah to drink bleach, burned her hands on the stove, tied her to furniture and forced her to stand with her arms outstretched for long periods, according to records obtained by the Miami Herald.
Samayah was being cared for by a babysitter when she was found unresponsive in her bed. She had been sick for several days with a cold but authorities said it progressed into pneumonia.
Officials - Symptoms
Officials said her symptoms were so severe that it appeared as if she had drowned.
Her two sisters also showed signs of abuse and told investigators that Emmanuel would allegedly beat them with belts and back scratchers.
Emmanuel is a registered...
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