A Fort Lauderdale mother was awarded unsupervised time-sharing and visitation rights to her 11-month-old son. However, a Broward county General Magistrate denied her requested to regain full custody of her child. The court ordered the child, Charlie Costa, to stay with a new foster family in light of a recent injury.
The minor child, Charlie Costa, is at Broward General Medical Center suffering from a skull fracture. He is reported to be alert, eating and does not have any hemorrhaging. In light of his recent injury, the mother, Apple Costa, unsuccessfully persuaded General Magistrate Giuseppina Miranda to remove her child from foster care and place him back in her home.
The minor child entered foster care 7 months ago due to burns on his hand and his mother’s drug addiction. Since then, his mother has had clean drug tests, completed parenting counseling and had psychiatric evaluations.
The Florida Department of Children & Familes is investigating how the minor child sustained a head injury. It is being reported that the minor child’s injuries are not inconsistent with a fall. Investigators and doctors do not believe that there has been evidence of deliberate abuse.