Florida's Department of Children and Family Services issues a statement.

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Oprah Show producers contacted Florida's DCFS to find out why Danielle hadn't been removed from the home sooner.

They said: "It is sad to realize the Department of Children and Families was in a position to help Danielle years before her suffering became widely known. We understand that speaking to Danielle during the first investigation would have allowed us more insight into the environment she was forced to endure. We have worked tirelessly to improve our child protective system."