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DCF failures didn’t lead to Jeremiah Oliver’s death, report finds

A report released Wednesday found the Department of Children and Families was not responsible for the death of Jeremiah Oliver, sparking sharp criticism from lawmakers who said the finding downplayed the agency’s failure to properly monitor the boy’s troubled family.

The report, by the Child Welfare League of America, faulted DCF for inadequate staffing and technology and “grossly out of date” policies to protect children, but it said the agency could not have prevented Jeremiah’s death.

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