BOSTON -- A third employee of the state Department of Children and Families has been fired after the investigation into the case involving Jeremiah Oliver, the 5-year-old Fitchburg boy who has not been seen for months.
DCF Commissioner Olga Roche said Monday that an area program manager failed to assure any follow-up after multiple reports of abuse and neglect in the boy's home.
A social worker and supervisor were dismissed earlier in the month. In addition, Roche said another manager was given a three-day suspension without pay and removed from a decision-making position.
She said an internal investigation by the agency found staff missed "multiple opportunities" to engage with the Oliver family.
Jeremiah was last seen by relatives in September and is feared dead. His mother and her boyfriend face charges.