BOSTON (CBS) – Yet another story of a child gone missing while under state supervision has raised questions about the credibility of Olga Roche, the Commissioner of the Department of Children and Families.
The missing boy in question is a teenager who vanished from a Cape Cod foster home in mid-January.
Ten days later, at a legislative hearing on the department’s problems, Commissioner Roche promised lawmakers that all children under DCF watch were accounted for and that there were no more Jeremiah Olivers, a reference to the five-year-old Fitchburg boy missing and presumed dead after DCF workers failed to check on him for months.
In an interview with WBZ-TV Thursday, Roche’s boss, Massachusetts Health and Human Services Secretary John Polanowicz, said Roche was referring to young children like Oliver when she gave that answer.
He also revealed that there are scores of teens under DCF watch who are runaways and are, therefore, unaccounted for.
WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Karen Twomey reports