FITCHBURG (CBS/AP) —The 8-year-old sister of a missing 5-year-old boy tipped school officials off to the abuse going on in her home.
Her mother, Elsa Oliver and her boyfriend Alberto Sierra, are now facing charges.
Worcester District Attorney Joseph Early said Jeremiah Oliver was last seen by relatives Sept. 14.
But new information from the Department of Children and Families says the boy’s day care told a social worker that Elsa Oliver told them in June, that Jeremiah would no longer be coming to day care and he would be leaving for Florida to live with his grandmother.
Oliver is being held without bail on charges of reckless endangerment of a child and accessory after the fact of assault.
DCF says they first got involved with the family in 2011 after a 51A report was filed alleging the children were being neglected.
The social worker and supervisor responsible for the Oliver case have since been fired.
“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. Both have been terminated. All of the cases assigned to that social worker are currently receiving an in-person review and all the cases assigned to that supervisor are being reviewed as well,” DCF Commissioner Olga Roche said in a statement.
WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Carl Stevens reports