The family of 11-year-old Jenny Caballero is reacting to the investigation completed by the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office, which concluded that their daughter's death was not a crime.
Jenny's mother, Elisabeth Rosas, fought back tears as she remembered her last few days with her daughter.
"We were in church, having fun, singing," she said, "I kissed her at church and on Monday I sent her off to school and she never returned."
Three weeks later, she still doesn't understand how her daughter could have left the school gym when she was being supervised by six teacher's aides.
"It's negligence. They never did their job well. There were a lot of aides there to take care of the children, and when they said Jenny left, why is it that when they were told Jenny is gone, why didn't they do anything? If they had acted in that moment, none of this would have happened," Elisabeth said.
Five of those teacher's aides are on paid administrative leave, but Rosas said that's nothing like the punishment she and her family are now facing.
"I say it's not right because right now, we're living a nightmare and for them, it's like they're on vacation, it's like they sent them on vacation," she said.
The investigation included conflicting statements from school staff members about whether Jenny had run away in the past. Her mother said she wasn't aware of any problems.
"No, that's not true. They never told me that they had any problems with my little girl leaving until that day when they called me at 2:59," she said.
That phone call came two hours after Jenny disappeared. Her mother said, beyond her pain, she hopes that no other family will ever suffer the same fate.
The family says it plans on hiring an attorney in the coming days.
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