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WORLD EXCLUSIVE: Child Protection Investigators Visit Tiger Woods Home

Dec. 14 2009, Published 1:34 p.m. ET

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The Florida Department of Children and Families, escorted by deputies from the Orange County Sheriff's Department, visited Tiger Woods' home near Windermere on Friday, is reporting exclusively.

Capt. Angelo Nieves of the Orange County Sheriff's Department confirmed to "Our deputies met with members of the Department of Children and Families. But all details are being kept secret."

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Nieves would neither confirm nor deny that the deputies and DCF officials went to Woods' house.

But a source close to the situation told that the visit was in fact to Woods' home and that it occurred around mid day.

The source also tells that the deputy's car was a marked car, while the Florida Department of Children and Families' car was unmarked.

It's a shocking twist in a scandal that seemingly has no boundaries. The visit stems from the events leading up to Tiger's bizarre one-car crash right after Thanksgiving.

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Reports from that incident indicated there was a heated altercation between Tiger and wife Elin over his cheating. Now, the presence of DCF at Tiger's house adds credence to those reports as it is protocol for DCF to investigate after an in-home suspected domestic violence incident.

Typically investigators from DCF would want to evaluate the safety of a home for children after a domestic violence incident.

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Officials were at the home for roughly an hour, sources told exclusively.

Woods two young children were at home during Thanksgiving when the golfer and Elin allegedly got into a heated argument. Elin and Tiger are parents to two-year-old daughter Sam and 10-month-old son Charlie.

Florida Highway Patrol initially investigated Woods' car crash and the golfer refused to talk to them when they tried to schedule follow-up interviews. But refusing to talk to DCF when it is conducting an official investigation can lead to severe repercussions by state law.

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It is not known if Tiger was home when the investigators were there.

Friday night, the world's top golfer issued a statement on his Web site in which he announced he's taking an indefinite break from the sport he's dominated for more than a decade.

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Woods' announcement came two weeks after he drove his Cadillac Escalade over a fire hydrant and into a neighbor's tree. Woods has not been seen in public since the crash, and in the days since, he has now been linked to more than 10 women accusing him of being unfaithful to his wife of five years.

It would not be unusual for it to take this long for DCF investigators to make a home visit stemming from an incident that took place at Thanksgiving, an expert familiar with the situation told



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