BOSTON (WHDH) -
Anthony Gideika of Lynn was in court last July and charged with battering and murdering his 3-month-old son Chase while the family was receiving services from the State Department of Children and Families.
Authorities said Chase had illegal drugs in his system at birth, but was allowed to go home with his father and mother, an alleged drug addict.
Now, findings of a study said DCF should have taken custody of Chase.
The report said: "Chase and his twin ...were sent home from the hospital despite a clear risk of maltreatment. The personnel in this Area Office erred in their judgment by sending these infants home."
This was one of three cases last summer involving infants who were allegedly physically abused by their father or mother's partner. A second infant like Chase died and a third suffered permanent brain damage.
The study also said DCF Commissioner Olga Roche immediately ordered appropriate policy changes to prevent similar tragedies.
The Child Advocate now recommends that "sufficient resources be made available to implement these policies, including more social workers, supervisors, and managers, and training in the areas of substance exposed newborns and child development."
In Response, DCF released a statement saying, "we are grateful for the Child Advocate's thoughtful review and recommendations. The tragic outcome in this case is deeply saddening and we are using the lessons learned to implement changes to strengthen our child welfare safety-net."
Chase's father remains held without bail. His mother is free on $10,000 bail and her other two children are in the custody of the DCF.