The Home for Little Wanderers is under scrutiny from the Walpole Police Department after officials say they failed to report a sexual assault.
Police say when a 13-year-old boy sexually assaulted a 9-year-old boy and staff at the home brought the victim to the hospital.
A social worker at the hospital notified police, but officials say they should have been notified by management at the home.
“We’re a little frustrated, more than me the officers that respond there on a daily basis are more frustrated. Part of that is their concern for the safety of the kids. Right now when things like this happen we lose our confidence a little bit,” Walpole Deputy Police Chief John Carmichael said.
Investigators say they assault happened early in the morning of May 9 at the home’s Longview Farm campus.
Police are going as far as calling the incident rape, although management for the home says that distinction is inappropriate.
The Home for Little Wanderers cares for kids with emotional problems and learning disorders. In a statement management said they would have called police if there was a crime committed.
“The Home typically would call the local police if and when we suspect and have reasonable cause to believe a crime has been committed,” the statement said.
The Department of Children and Families confirmed they were notified and are also investigating the incident.