Mass. gov presses commissioner on missing-boy case

By By STEVE LeBLANC

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts Gov. Deval (deh-VAL') Patrick says he's asked his child services agency's commissioner "very specific questions" about the case of a 5-year-old boy who has been missing for months and is feared dead.

Patrick said Wednesday he expects to hear back from Department of Children and Families Commissioner Olga Roche within 10 days but supports her decision to fire a caseworker and a supervisor assigned to Jeremiah Oliver and his family in Fitchburg, 45 miles northwest of Boston.

Patrick says he wants to know if there's someone else "who should have caught this."

Investigators say the boy was last seen by relatives in September but police learned only recently he was missing and are treating the case as a possible homicide.

The boy's mother and her boyfriend face charges and have pleaded not guilty.

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