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Ex-DCF investigator charged with faking notes in tot death

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A former child abuse investigator surrendered Wednesday on charges that she falsified a substance abuse screening for a mother who authorities say was drinking months later when she left her 11-month-old baby to die in a hot car. Shani Smith, 35, was supposed to determine in her 2012 investigation whether Catalina Bruno’s children were safe to remain in her care and whether Bruno needed drug or alcohol treatment after the mother was charged with drinking and driving. Bruno was accused…

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