FORT MYERS, Fla.- For the first time, WINK News is hearing from a woman who says her 11-year old daughter was beaten with a belt by her foster mother.
Kelly Paulsen hasn’t seen her daughter in over a year and is worried for her safety.
“I just want to squeeze her and tell her I’m so sorry, and that I think about her every day, every second of every day,” said Paulsen.
The Department of Children and Families removed Paulsen’s daughter from her home 3 years ago. The child was placed in the care of Dunbar Christian Preschool Director Teresa Robinson.
Police say Robinson beat her foster daughter with a belt back in November, causing serious injuries. A police report states a medical professional said the child’s injuries were too numerous to count. Robinson now faces child abuse charges and the victim has been removed from her care.
While DCF investigates, Robinson was told not have contact with the kids at the preschool she owns. WINK News found Robinson outside the preschool Friday, after bonding out of jail.
DCF said she is allowed to be on the property but only if no children are present. Robinson declined to speak with WINK News.
Meanwhile, Paulsen says her daughter was taken from her based on accusations that were never proven. She says she has been fighting to regain custody of her daughter with no luck.
“I just hope that she’s with someone that will take good care of her and not hurt her, because she’s just a great little girl,” said Paulsen.
DCF tells WINK News they have had prior contact with Robinson but did not specify how many times they have contacted her or why. She has had a total of nine foster children in care since 2008.