FITCHBURG (CBS) – The uncle of a missing Fitchburg boy had to be restrained and removed from a courtroom Friday after an emotional outburst during a hearing in the case.

Elsa Oliver, the mother of 5-year-old Jeremiah Oliver appeared in Fitchburg District Court Friday for a competency hearing.

Oliver and her boyfriend, Alberto Sierra Jr., have pleaded not guilty to child endangerment, abuse and other charges in the case.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Doug Cope reports

During the hearing Friday a judge ruled Elsa Oliver is competent to stand trial.

Moments later, the boy’s uncle, Sandrino Oliver shouted from the back of the courtroom, “Where is my nephew?  Is that it? Where is my nephew?”

He was restrained, removed and then later brought back to face the judge, who could have charged him with contempt of court, but instead released him with a warning about his behavior.

Elsa Oliver is already being held on $100,000 bail in the investigation.

Sierra is being held without bail.  He did not appear in court Friday.

Both are due back in court February 21.

A prosecutor told a judge in December that Oliver did nothing to protect her son from abuse.

Jeremiah Oliver has been missing since September and investigators fear he is dead.


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