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Grandfather of dead Grafton infant speaks out

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STERLING, Mass. (WHDH) - The grandfather of an infant who died earlier in April in Grafton is speaking out about the "painstaking sorrow" the family is dealing with.

Edward Lavigne was the grandfather of Aliana Lavigne, who died in another case concerning the embattled Department of Child and Families. The DCF had said they were in the process of investigating the household when the death occurred.

"It hurts emotionally, losing a loved one, and that's all I have to say. It's been very difficult," Lavigne said.

A fax from Grafton police about possible harm to the baby was misplaced for six days at the DCF. Grafton police had been called to the home multiple times for reports of excessive crying. DCF released a statement saying “the department is deeply saddened” by the Grafton baby’s passing. The statement also said DCF had implemented a new faxing policy for two Worcester area offices, including the Grafton office that misplaced the police fax.

Lavigne said that the family has hired an attorney but did not comment on what they are looking into.

A spokesperson from the District Attorney's office said on Wednesday that they are still awaiting autopsy results, which can take weeks. The case remains open and active.
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