Published: Feb 26, 2011 2:45 AM EST
Updated: Feb 25, 2011 11:45 PM EST

MIAMI (AP) - In the aftermath of a shocking child death, Florida officials announced Friday that they will now immediately contact law enforcement agencies when they receive an allegation that a child may be in imminent danger.

The announcement of the new policy follows revelations that the Department of Children and Families failed to notify authorities of a hotline allegation that 10-year-old twins adopted from foster care might be victims of abuse. Agency workers conducted their own four-day search before the girl's body was found last week, stuffed in plastic bags in the back of her father's truck along a highway. Her brother was found in the front seat, doused in a toxic chemical, and was hospitalized with serious burns.

DCF officials said they had notified law enforcement agencies about significant child abuse allegations collectively, typically once a week.

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