Mass. fires 3rd worker in missing boy case

By By STEVE LeBLANC

BOSTON (AP) — A third employee of a Massachusetts social services agency has been fired after the investigation into the case involving a 5-year-old boy who has not been seen for months and is feared dead.

Department of Children and Families Commissioner Olga Roche (Roh-CHAY') said Monday that an area program manager failed to assure any follow-up after multiple reports of abuse and neglect in Jeremiah Oliver's Fitchburg home.

A social worker and supervisor were dismissed this month and Roche says another manager was given a three-day suspension without pay and removed from a decision-making position.

She says 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. His mother and her boyfriend face charges.

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