DCF Commissioner Olga Roche has resigned

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts Department of Children and Families Commissioner Olga Roche has resigned under increasing pressure following the deaths of three children.

The move Tuesday comes after calls from top Democratic lawmakers — including Massachusetts House Speaker Robert DeLeo and Senate President Therese Murray — for Roche to be replaced as head of the child welfare agency.

Authorities say the family of a 2-week old Fitchburg baby who died over the weekend was being monitored by state child welfare officials.

In the second case, a DCF spokeswoman says a fax from Grafton police about possible harm to a 4-week-old who later died was misplaced for six days.

The body of a third child, 5-year-old Jeremiah Oliver of Fitchburg, was found off a highway this month. Jeremiah’s family was also under DCF supervision.

22News State House Reporter Tiffany Chan is taking a closer look at what changes the DCF will be making going forward. Find out on 22News tonight starting at 5.

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