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Jeremiah Oliver’s mother arraigned on 9 charges

Case led to firing of 3 DCF employees

WORCESTER — Speaking in a flat, barely audible voice, Elsa Oliver, a 28-year-old mother of three from Fitchburg, told a judge Friday that she may want to represent herself or possibly seek a different attorney in defending herself against charges that she played a role in the disappearance and possible death of her youngest child, Jeremiah.

Oliver, who was indicted last week along with her boyfriend, looked blankly at her court-
appointed lawyer, James Gavin Reardon Jr., standing next to her, when asked by Superior Court Judge James Lemire if she would like to still retain him. She paused and vacillated. When asked if she had the educational know-how to represent herself against complex charges, Oliver, who has a high school education, replied, “No, I wouldn’t.”

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