Report: Massachusetts Agency Failed to Save Boy Now in Coma

5 Sep 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Full chronology of DCF’s contact with Jack Loiselle, 7-year-old Hardwick boy allegedly abused by father.

A review released by Governor Charlie Baker found the Department of Children and Families’ handling of a case involving a 7-year-old boy from Hardwick to be inadequate and an indicator of “systemic failures,” The Boston Globe reported. The report said the department did some things right, including carrying out appropriate visits, filing required reports, and delivering extensive services to the parent and child. The report found that “inadequate case oversight, inadequate practices for synthesizing multiple abuse reports and other deficient protocols led to the failure to protect the child adequately. This case is an indication of systemic failures both internal and external to DCF,” according to a statement released by the Executive Office of Health and Human Services. The investigators reviewed all DCF records related to the boy’s famly and interviewed 25 other people, including DCF staff, school staff, and medical professionals.

Lints has been charged with abuse and Loiselle remains in a coma. “The systemic issues make absolutely clear that we must do much more to live up to aspirations we have for this agency and the kids it works with,” Baker said in a press conference Friday. The case is the latest to raise questions about the competency of the DCF, which had been monitoring the boy since February, when the agency received back-to-back complaints that the father, Randall Lints, was neglecting his son.

October 18, 2014, two 51A reports were filed alleging the physical and sexual abuse of Jack by a family member not living in the home and Jack physically abusing a younger child. No one has done more to advocate for reform and accountability than front-line child protection workers, and we will continue to work with the Administration and legislative leaders to bring long-overdue change to DCF.” Lints related to untreated eczema with cracked and bleeding skin; and that Jack was punished by having to wash urine soaked clothing with a bleach-type product.

In that case, the foster mother and her children were being monitored by 10 DCF supervisors, managers, and frontline case workers, one of whom had visited the home just three days before the mother found the two children unresponsive and called 911. Lints, the DCF social worker, Jack’s therapist, the in-home therapist, the family partner, the parent aide, the ICC, and the intensive care coordinator supervisor. The therapist reported that the family went on a camping trip and Jack was not allowed to participate in any of the activities and had to sit in the corner during the trip.

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