DCF faces fresh allegations of mismanagement

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The state Department of Children and Families, which has acknowledged seriously mishandling the case of a missing 5-year-old Fitchburg boy, is facing fresh allegations of mismanagement from a superintendent of schools who says the agency also failed to respond to allegations of neglect and abuse elsewhere in the state.

School staff in Northbridge had to send DCF 13 reports alleging that a second grader was being sexually abused before the agency removed the student from the home, according to a letter released by Nancy R. Spitulnik, superintendent of schools in Northbridge.

DCF also refused to accept a separate report from school staff who suspected that a first grader was being neglected after the student missed more than 75 days of school, Spitulnik wrote.

Her letter broadened concerns about DCF to the Northbridge office, which shares some regional managers, but is separate from the Leominster office where 5-year-old Jeremiah Oliver’s case was handled.

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