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Case worker arrested in toddler's death

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A child’s welfare worker is arrested in connection with a toddler’s death. (Source: Family photos/WESH/CNN) A child’s welfare worker is arrested in connection with a toddler’s death. (Source: Family photos/WESH/CNN)

ALTAMONTE SPRINGS, FL (WESH/CNN) – Florida Department of Law Enforcement agents say 2-year-old Tariji Gordon suffered great bodily harm, in part to her former Children's Home Society case manager, who was was arrested on Friday.

Agents say 27-year-old Jonathan Irizarry did not do his job via welfare checks on the child.

Gordon's mother, Rachel Fryer, is charged in her daughter's murder, and FDLE agents say photos recovered from her phone show swelling of her right eye and other “defects” on her face.

They say Irizarry filed multiple reports, including the morning of her Feb. 6 death that the child was “free” of any bruises.

Reports indicate that had Irizarry done the required visual inspection of the child's body, he would have seen multiple cigarette burns, bite marks on the child's shoulder and patches on the girl's scalp from forceful pulling of the child's hair.

Irizarry was booked in to the Seminole County, FL jail on two counts of falsifying official records resulting in great bodily harm. The second-degree felonies have him facing a maximum of 15 years in prison.

Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty against Fryer.

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