Report: DCF workers erred in slain Lynn baby case

BOSTON (AP) — A state review says workers in the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families failed to properly assess risks for 3-month-old boy who was addicted to drugs at birth and was allegedly fatally beaten by his mother’s boyfriend in Lynn.

An Essex County grand jury has indicted 32-year-old Anthony Gideika on a charge of first-degree murder in connection with Chase Gideika’s death last July. The child’s mother has been indicted on various charges.

A new report from the Office of the Child Advocate says the infant and his twin were sent home from the hospital despite risks of maltreatment from inexperienced parents with a history of drug abuse and mental health problems.

The report notes that DCF workers were wrong in their judgment to send these infants home, but their decision was affected by changes in agency focus statewide.

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