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Opinion

JOAN VENNOCHI

DCF needs accountability, oversight

Jeremiah Oliver fell through the cracks, as we euphemistically say whenever a child who is supposed to be under the protection of a state agency comes to harm.

So far, three state workers have been held accountable in the matter of the 5-year-old Fitchburg boy, who is missing and presumed dead: the family’s social worker, the social worker’s supervisor, and the supervisor’s supervisor. A fourth supervisor was suspended for three days without pay and reassigned. The child’s mother and her boyfriend have also been charged.

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