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Woman still registered as a nurse despite child abuse arrest

Florida woman, 50, was still allowed to work as a nurse even after being arrested for child abuse following the death of her seven-year-old adopted daughter who was ‘starved, tortured and given bleach to drink’

  • Gina Emmanuel, 50, was arrested in Miami last month on multiple counts of aggravated child abuse, neglect and psychological abuse
  • Her adopted seven-year-old daughter Samayah Anne Emmanuel died in November 2018 
  • Emmanuel, who is out on bond, is due to be arraigned on the charges on Monday
  • Officials started investigating the registered nurse following Samayah’s death
  • Little 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 
  • Despite authorities suspecting Emmanuel of having a role in Samayah’s death, the Florida Health Department only suspended her nursing license on Friday 

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

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.

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 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 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. 

Emmanuel, who is out on bond, is due to be arraigned on the charges on Monday. 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

Emmanuel, who is out on bond, is due to be arraigned on the charges on Monday. 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

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 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 nurse with the Florida Department of Health.

Despite authorities suspecting Emmanuel of having a role in Samayah’s death, the Florida Health Department only suspended her nursing license on Friday.

Online records show that her license verification was changed after they issued an Order of Emergency Suspension last week.

In addition to being a foster parent, Emmanuel also ran a group home business in Miami for people with a disability.

The Agency for Persons with Disabilities (ADP) requested on April 30 that her group home license be terminated – five months after Samayah’s death. 

Despite authorities suspecting Emmanuel of having a role in Samayah's death, the Florida Health Department only suspended her nursing license on Friday. Emmanuel also ran a group home business in Miami for people with a disability (above) but a request to close the home was only filed after her arrest

Despite authorities suspecting Emmanuel of having a role in Samayah’s death, the Florida Health Department only suspended her nursing license on Friday. Emmanuel also ran a group home business in Miami for people with a disability (above) but a request to close the home was only filed after her arrest

Emmanuel was still running the home when she was arrested on October 15 and the APD has since filed a request to close the home.

Two adults living at the home were removed and relocated last month following her arrest.  

Emmanuel adopted Samayah in 2017 but it not clear how long she was under her care as a foster child.  

Records from the Florida Department of Children and Families showed that Samayah’s name appeared in 10 reports to the child abuse hotline between 2012 and 2015.

Samayah’s mother struggled with drug abuse and was eventually ruled unfit to raise her.  

The little girl essentially came off the radar when she was adopted by Emmanuel because child services no longer had to do monthly check ups that were required when she was a foster child. 

Following Samayah’s death, the three surviving adopted children being cared for by Emmanuel were removed from her care. They continue to be cared for by a foster parent. 

Emmanuel has not been charged in Samayah’s death but authorities have not ruled out further charges.   

Read more at DailyMail.co.uk



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