‘How many more kids does the system have to fail?’ Father Says Murder of His 2-year-old Son Jayden Hines was Preventable

Despite his concerns with his son’s safety while visiting his mother, Rashawd Hines had to follow the court-mandated custody arrangement and drop off his son, not knowing it would be the last time he’d see his little boy, 2-year-old Jayden Hines.

Lakeland police say Alegray Jones, a man dating Jayden’s mother, beat the young boy until he was unconscious. Instead of calling 911, he texted the child’s mother who rushed home from work.

Several months ago, Rashawd warned the Florida Department of Children and Families and the 10th Judicial Circuit Court, writing letters to Judge Torea Spohr requesting a new hearing citing concerns and calling DCF.

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