MIAMI (AP) - A former Florida child welfare caseworker admits she falsified reports showing she visited the home of a foster girl who disappeared and often used telephone calls rather than in-person visits to check on her.
Deborah Muskelly testified Tuesday she turned in travel vouchers for face-to-face visits for months after authorities say 4-year-old Rilya Wilson went missing in late 2000. The testimony came in the murder trial of 66-year-old Geralyn Graham, who was Rilya's caretaker. Graham has pleaded innocent.
Muskelly eventually pleaded guilty to misconduct and was placed on probation, and she resigned from the Department of Children and Families. Muskelly testified she spoke by phone with Graham about Rilya but only saw the girl a few times.
Rilya's disappearance wasn't discovered until 2002 and her body was never found.
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