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Pinellas Magistrate identified in case of slain toddler


8 On Your side has learned the General Magistrate who recommended the return of Jordan Belliveau to his mother over the objections of a court appointed guardian five months before the boy’s violent death is Jennifer Paullin.

Paullin has been handling child welfare cases as a magistrate in Pinellas County for five years. She’s a Stetson graduate who’s been a lawyer for 27 years and once served as a Guardian Ad litem herself.

In April, she overruled concerns expressed by Jordan’s court-appointed guardian and recommended that 2-year-old Jordan Belliveau be taken out of foster care and reunified with his mother.

Pinellas Circuit Judge Kimberly Todd agreed with Paullin’s recommendation and on May 30, ordered Belliveau’s return to his mother within 20 days.

Paullin declined a request for an interview by 8 On Your Side. Todd is reportedly out of town and couldn’t be reached for comment either.

Thursday, the Director of the Pinellas Guardian Ad Litem office said she can’t talk about the details of this case directly but assured reporters that her office is still involved.

“There will be a DCF investigation and we will cooperate with that investigation,” said Mariella Ollsen.

Next week, Eckerd Connects, which oversees child welfare in Pinellas under a contract with DCF, expects to release 1200 pages of previous confidential records involving Belliveau that may shed more light on why the boy ended up in harm’s way after a year and a half in foster care.

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