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They can’t be wrong

April 17, 2010

Eight hours into her day, child protective investigator Allison Dingivan gets the call that makes the others fade away.

Domestic violence in a home with an already thick file. A man bleeding from his face and a woman bruised on her head. Broken glass. Three boys and a girl at risk.

Allison has been at this since 9:30. First she talked to a kid who tried to strangle himself on a school bus. In a home with a baby, she drug-tested a teen mother, an aunt and a grandma.

She hasn’t eaten lunch and it’s almost dinner time, but the bloody father awaits her.

When she arrives outside a mobile home in east Hillsborough County, a deputy opens a transportation van and unlocks its cage.

Inside is a man, hog-tied in chains...

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