Massachusetts mother charged in missing child case; two fired

12/17/2013 // West Palm Beach, Florida, US // JusticeNewsFlash // Justice News Flash // (press release)

Boston – The case of a missing child has led to charges against a Massachusetts mother and the firing of two state social services employees. As reported by the Associated Press (AP), 5-year-old Jeremiah Oliver was last seen in September according to investigators; however, police only learned that he had disappeared recently leading to the charges against his mother and her boyfriend.

The child’s family had been receiving services from the Department of Children and Families since 2011. According to officials, the social worker assigned to their case failed to do a proper check after receiving a message in June regarding the child’s purported impending move to Florida to live with his grandmother. The social worker and the worker’s supervisor have both been fired.

Department of Children and Families Commissioner Olga Roche is quoted by the AP as stating, “This case represents a serious failure on the part of the social worker and supervisor assigned to the family…The social worker assigned to this case did not conduct the required in-person, monthly checks on the family, as required by the Department; and the supervisor failed to enforce that policy.”

A prosecutor is reportedly treating the case like a homicide.

This report is provided by Justice News Flash – Boston Legal News

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