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A wave of infants lost in DCF families

Investigative review finds risk of sudden infant death doubles in households monitored by state social workers

Three months after her baby girl’s death, Andrea LaVigne of Grafton says she still doesn’t know what caused her 1-month-old’s heart to stop while they lay in bed together, a blanket half-covering the child’s face.

Because the infant was born drug-dependent and LaVigne had been under state watch for potential abuse or neglect, Aliana’s death raised public concerns that social workers had once again failed to protect a child in a troubled home — just as they failed Jeremiah Oliver, the young Fitchburg boy who was found dead the same month.

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