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DCF acknowledges missed signs in Lynn child's death

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Olga Roche resigned as commissioner of the DCF. Olga Roche resigned as commissioner of the DCF.
BOSTON (WHDH) - A report by the State Office of the Child Advocate criticized the Department of Children and Families for not taking custody of a Lynn child.

Anthony Gideika appeared in court last summer, charged with beating and killing his girlfriend's 3-month-old son, Chase.

The child abuse took place in a Lynn apartment at the same time the family was receiving services from the DCF.

The report released said, "Chase and his twin were sent home from the hospital despite 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 in a three month span last summer where infants were beaten by their father or mother's boyfriend and DCF failed to intervene.

One of the babies died and the other has permanent brain damage.

The release of this report came in the same week that DCF Commissioner Olga Roche resigned following the deaths of two other children under DCF watch and the recovery of Jeremiah Oliver's body, another child who fell through the cracks.

Last summer, Roche immediately ordered policy changes after Gideika's case, but the State Office of the Child Advocate recommended the DCF do more.

In response, the 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."
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