Documents offer look at home life of slain Pasco girl

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Date: 2015-02-17

by Courtney Robinson

Tampa, FL – Eckerd Community Alternative released hundreds of pages on Monday documenting the home life of Jenica Randazzo.

On February 5th, 2015 Pasco County deputies responded to her grandparents house in New Port Richey where they say her uncle, Jason Rios, had brutally attacked her, her sister and murdered her grandmother. Jenica died in the hospital the next day.

10 News combed through the report ,which dates back to 2012, when Jenica was removed from her mother's care. She spent time in different foster homes before being placed in the home of Angela and Ernesto Rios, her grandparents. They were in the process of adopting her.

The pages reveal a somewhat typical third-grader. Jenica loved cheerleading, dance and volleyball. The report also paints a troubling picture. Jenica was being medicated and seeing a therapist for behavior issues. Caseworkers also report concern over the Rios home. They worry about safety and if the couple can meet Jenica's needs. They do note that there was a support system in place with extended family.

Caseworkers visited the Rios' home several times a month for unannounced visits. In early January, during one of those visits, Jenica told a caseworker that things were good, she felt safe and loved.

Jason Rios is mentioned in the report as living in the home to care for his mother. Angela Rios was a double amputee who used a wheelchair. Caseworkers note that he was rarely home during their visits.


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