BOSTON (AP) — Gov. Charlie Baker said his administration is cooperating with the investigation into the death of a 3-year-old boy who suffered traumatic injuries at his Boston home last weekend.
The Republican governor on Wednesday said the state Department of Children and Families had been involved with the family prior to the boy’s death.
He said DCF had received a report from a daycare provider on Friday that the child was clean, well-fed and in good shape.
“What nobody seems to know at this point — which is why we’re collaborating and cooperating with the D.A. — is what happened after that,” Baker told reporters.
The boy was taken to the hospital Sunday night after he was found unresponsive in his home in the city’s Roxbury neighborhood.
Police confirmed the boy died Tuesday.
Authorities haven’t released the nature of his injuries or the cause of death. No one has been criminally charged.
DCF spokeswoman Andrea Grossman said the agency is conducting an internal investigation.
The agency, which had an open case with the family, has taken custody of another child who lived in the home and confirmed that the social worker and supervisor assigned to this case were both licensed.
Baker in November said he was making changes to the department following a series of high-profile cases, including the death of a toddler who became known as Baby Doe after her remains turned up on a Boston Harbor beach last summer.
The girl was later identified as 2-year-old Bella Bond.
Rachelle Bond is charged with being an accessory in her daughter’s death. Bond’s boyfriend, Michael McCarthy, is charged with the girl’s murder. Both have pleaded not guilty.
Baker said in November that a new intake policy will clarify protocols used to screen and investigate reports of abuse or neglect. The changes are also designed to help social workers identify which cases should be sent up for a higher-level review.
Baker also said at the time that the changes would ensure the safety of children in the state’s welfare system by helping DCF “be responsive and accountable in its mission to protect every child we serve in every way we can.”
Other changes included: requiring non-emergency reports of abuse and neglect to be reviewed in one business day; requiring criminal and sex offender background checks on parents, caregivers and all household members over 15 years old; and evaluating whether a parent understands how to appropriately care for and discipline a child and provide for the family’s basic needs.
Training on the new policies was scheduled to begin this month.
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