Social worker in missing girl case testifies
MIAMI (WSVN) -- The social worker in charge of the 6-year-old girl who disappeared over 10 years ago is taking the stand and telling a very different story.
Former Department of Children and Families case worker Deborah Muskelly was supposed to make monthly visits on 6-year-old Rilya Wilson. The little girl was born to a homeless cocaine addict and later taken into state custody. She was last seen in 2001 living in the home of foster parent Geralyn Graham. Wilson's body has never been found and Graham has been charged with murder.
Muskelly had told officials she did not do her monthly visits due to an overwhelming case load, but during her testimony on Tuesday she offered a contrary story. "That is crazy she was there last time I talked to Mrs. Graham, which I had talked to when I was there a month before. She was asking me to give her a letter. She is there. If she had moved, I didn't know anything about it," she said.
Muskelly was in charge of checking up on Wilson and would eventually be accused of not visiting the home for at least a year. She also claims she never saw Graham give hugs, kisses or any affection to Wilson.
After Wilson's disappearance many reforms have been made to the state agency.
Graham stands trial on this murder charge for Wilson. The defense is cross-examining Muskelly and asking why she did not visit the home for more than a year.
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