WEST PALM BEACH — WPTV-Channel 5 investigative reporter Katie LaGrone and her husband, WPBF-Channel 25 anchorman Paul LaGrone, are being investigated by the state’s Department of Children and Families after neighbors reported that one of the couple’s two children was routinely left alone to roam their streets.
Because such investigations are confidential, details are still scant.
But Gossip Extra has confirmed that West Palm Beach cops were called to the LaGrone’s home in the Land of the Presidents section of the city twice May 7, at noon and 2 p.m. The second time, the officer brought a DCF case worker with him.
The couple rents a house in the gated resort community just east of I-95.
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Katie LaGrone, 37, is a well-known and ambitious investigative reporter at the NBC affiliate who has been reporting on the alleged abuse and killings of civilians by Palm Beach County Sheriff’s deputies.
Paul LaGrone, 37, is the ABC station’s morning anchorman.
A neighbor of the LaGrones who asked to remain anonymous said someone tipped off DCF that the LaGrones allegedly leave their child unattended.
The tip spelled out how Jacob, their 6-year-old, is often seen running around the gated community alone.
The DCF tipsters also said the child’s been nearly hit by cars and is known to ask adult residents to play with him.
At times, he is invited in his neighbors’ homes allegedly without his parents knowing where he is.
The LaGrones have another boy, who was born last year.
When reached at her office today, Katie LaGrone said she and her husband were totally blindsided when a DCF case worker and a police officer showed up at their house about 2:30 p.m.
“We do let our child play outside,” she said. “He’s got parameters and he’s fully aware of them. He is a healthy, active 6-year-old who does exactly what I or Paul did as children. We also played outside.
“We are cooperating fully with DCF, and WPTV has been very supportive.”
The LaGrones spent Sunday afternoon going door to door on their streets to ask neighbors if they have concerns with their actions.
A DCF spokeswoman confirmed that there’s an open investigation against the couple but said she is unable to provide additional details due to confidentiality laws.
— UPDATE: WPTV stands by Katie LaGrone!
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