Searchers look for missing boy

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#250 Dec 31, 2013
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DCF officials said the report concluded the agency's review of the Oliver case and the administration will turn all information over to law enforcement. Despite a pattern of missed home visits in other cases handled by the fired social worker, officials said the department had checked on the well-being of all children that had been assigned to her and reassigned those cases to other social workers.

Roche said both the social worker and her direct supervisor acknowledged their failures during interviews with investigators, but offered little explanation for their inaction, except to say they were "busy with other cases."

Roche said there was "nothing extraordinary" about the social worker's caseload that could justify missing home visits. Her caseload included 16 families with close to 30 children, including six children in foster placements, which can be the most time-consuming cases, according to Roche.

"This was not a workload issue. This was a worker that failed to do the basic needs of their responsibility," Roche said.

Gov. Deval Patrick commended Roche, who took over as commissioner in October after serving in an interim capacity since April, for her "accountability and transparency."

"Today's report provides some answers about this sad case. What happened with the Oliver children is a tragedy. The failure to appropriately monitor the family and respond to multiple warning signs is simply unacceptable. While the work of the vast majority of the people who work at DCF is exemplary, the failure of certain staff in this case casts a long and unfortunate shadow," Patrick said in a statement.

Patrick said finding Jeremiah Oliver and caring for his siblings, who are now in DCF custody, remain the top priorities, while he looks forward to a separate review of the case by the children's advocate.

"I commend Commissioner Roche for her accountability and transparency in this matter and will continue to count on that in her ongoing management of the agency. I know that she and her team take seriously their responsibility for keeping children safe, and that the Oliver case weighs heavily on them," Patrick said.

According to DCF officials, the department this past September also undertook a Tier 3 review of all cases involving children between the ages of 3 and 6. Roche said the supervisor in charge of the Oliver case reported that the family was doing well, despite "call after call" to the social worker from people close to the family concerned about the living conditions of the children.

"The supervisor entered what we believe now, after a thorough investigation, was false information indicating that the children were taken care off, that they were doing well, that the family was taking advantage of the services being provided, as well as that the home was well furnished and there was plenty of food in the home," Roche said. "This information was never available to them because they never visited the home."

Roche said the reports filed from the North Central office regarding the Oliver family "misled the department to believe this was a family that was stable," even though the fact that the mother's boyfriend was now living in the home and reports of domestic violence should have triggered follow up visits.

Investigators determined the supervisor "should have noted and addressed the lack of home visits throughout the year and should have reviewed actions taken in response to the three 51A reports in June 2013." The supervisor told investigators she was "surprised" the social worker did not follow up with the family about the reports, but took no steps to ensure that it happened.

SEIU Local 509, the union representing the fired social worker, said the department was implementing new policies and procedures that would help prevent future tragedies from occurring.

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The union has been highly critical of the commissioner and her decision to immediately fire the social worker and supervisor assigned to the Oliver case without a full investigation, blaming Roche for failing to address dangerous caseload levels.

Though neither Roche nor the report specifically addressed plans to evaluate caseload management, the report's conclusion stated that families are "better served" when caseloads are "effectively monitored" for signals of distress or concern.

"We will continue to work with the Administration to fulfill these commitments and bring caseloads at the Department of Children & Families down to the manageable levels needed to keep at-risk children safe," said SEIU spokesman Jason Stephany.

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#253 Dec 31, 2013
Leominster wrote:
Stop wasting your time Stamos. This thread is supposed to be about the missing kid but once again like every other thread Lynch makes it into a thread to spew his douche baggery thoughts.
I don't get it and I'm sure nobody else does. He claims to be this 'good listener' but everyone tells him his views and actions are WRONG and he doesn't listen.
Sadly, he's now over at that (Please help us bring home jeremiah oliver) Facebook site using the victims of this tragic event along with other peoples emotions to spread his vile against the FPD and city leaders.
Kevin Lynch wrote:
In the Telegram the entire PDF concerning the investigation is available through a link on the right. After reading this report all I can say is WOW! WTF ! DCF dropped the ball big time concerning Jerimiah. They mention Luis twice in this report. I guess the daughter stated that Abertos brother Luis was watching Jerimiah. And they reported that a Luis had called DCF on Dec 6th to report that Elsa was in a depressed state. I am confused further. This case seems to involve others. Wow! God help us in Fitchburg. DCF is failing, the FPD is failing the people and local leaders could care a lot less. God Help us!
Here's the link he referred to regarding DCF dropping the ball. Notice how he's using their own investigation of staff incompetence to feed his own disdain and envy against city leaders and employees.
http://www.telegram.com/assets/pdf/WT17958123...

Unfortunately for him though, not everyone is swallowing his bullshit and calling him out on it.
Jillian wrote:
If u think they aren't looking for him, that's dumb...its an ongoing investigation...u can't clap ur hands and *poof* there's the missing child....

I want him home as much as u, but anybody and everybody involved should be prosecuted as well for this tragic crime...

All I'm saying is don't make ignorant statements. There are many ppl that care and want that child home, law enforcement and citizens alike...
Nope

Leominster, MA

#254 Dec 31, 2013
Typical Lynch BS. According to him everybody is guilty of failing this child EXCEPT the scum bag criminal parents.

Consider the Lynch mentality. If this was the son of a white middle class family he wouldn't be out searching, but if it's a welfare collecting PR family so he goes in balls deep. He's all about social and racial warfare.
this is sick

Westminster, MA

#255 Dec 31, 2013
Nope wrote:
Typical Lynch BS. According to him everybody is guilty of failing this child EXCEPT the scum bag criminal parents.
Consider the Lynch mentality. If this was the son of a white middle class family he wouldn't be out searching, but if it's a welfare collecting PR family so he goes in balls deep. He's all about social and racial warfare.
Lynch is searching because #1 he hopes to find the child and become a hero in the eyes of the FPD, or #2 he has a thing for little Spanish boys and is hoping to keep the child for himself.

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#256 Dec 31, 2013
http://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2013/12/29/f...
Father of missing Fitchburg boy admits checkered past..

The father of missing Fitchburg 5-year-old Jeremiah Oliver insisted in an interview Sunday that he is ready to parent his two other children, even as he acknowledged a checkered personal history that includes drug use and run-ins with the law.

“Don’t judge me on my past. People do change,” Jose Oliver said in the phone interview.“I know I can be a father to my kids and take care of them.”

Jeremiah Oliver has not been seen since September. Authorities were alerted to his disappearance Dec. 2, when his 7-year-old sister told counselors at Reingold Elementary School that she was being abused by her mother’s boyfriend and had not seen Jeremiah in some time.

Jose Oliver will appear in Fitchburg Juvenile Court on Jan. 10 to seek custody of Jeremiah’s sister and 9-year-old brother, who were placed in a foster home by the state.

Authorities have searched intensively for Jeremiah and are treating the case as a potential homicide.

Prosecutors allege that Jeremiah’s two siblings were savagely beaten by Alberto Sierra Jr., 23, and that their mother, 28-year-old Elsa Oliver, was complicit in the abuse. Elsa Oliver’s lawyer told the Globe Saturday she is mentally ill and unable to process her son’s disappearance, and prosecutors have acknowledged that she was a victim of domestic abuse by Sierra even as they charge her as his accomplice.

Sierra is a suspect in Jeremiah’s disappearance and is being held without bail.

Jose Oliver, who lives in New Britain, Conn., said Sunday that Elsa Oliver left him, took their three children, and filed a restraining order against him because he was using drugs. That restraining order prevented him from seeing their children for two years, he said. He said he tried to contact her repeatedly, but she did not respond.

Oliver said he got clean the day his wife left. He disputed a 2012 affidavit in which she alleged physical abuse.

“I never put my hands on my wife,” he said.“I’ll take a lie detector test on that.”

He said he did not recall a charge of assault and battery reported by the Worcester Telegram & Gazette, but acknowledged using marijuana, which he does not consider a drug. Oliver denied being in a gang, saying “I don’t believe in that. I’m not a violent person.... I’m a church person.”

Oliver said he is living on $600 per month in disability benefits, granted because he has depression and bipolar disorder. But he said he is searching for a suitable apartment and would be able to care for the children with the help of relatives and support programs.

“Everybody makes mistakes, man. There’s nobody perfect in this world,” he said.“The past is the past, let’s leave it there. I’m a new person. I’m older, I’m wiser.”

Christmas was especially painful, Oliver said. He spent the holiday alone.

“How can you have Christmas when your son is missing?” he said.“I just sat in my room and cried, looking at my son’s picture, trying to figure out in my head,‘Where are you, what did they do to you?’”

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Meanwhile, the union representing a Department of Children and Families social worker and supervisor fired in connection with the case has said the pair should not have been fired before an investigation.

“They were brought in without warning and summarily terminated without any investigation at all,” said Jason Stephany, a spokesman for Service Employees International Union Local 509.

A departmental grievance hearing on their firing is expected in January.

Olga I. Roche, commissioner of the Department of Children and Families, told the Globe this month that the social worker did not make required monthly visits to Jeremiah’s home and that the supervisor did not enforce the policy. The state Office of the Child Advocate is now investigating the alleged lapse.

Peter MacKinnon, president of the Department of Children and Families union chapter and a departmental supervisor, said in an interview Sunday that the fired workers are “upset, stressed, and anxious.... The not knowing [what happened to Jeremiah] is the worst.”

He said more social workers are urgently needed in some offices to alleviate the department’s high caseloads and prevent another tragedy.

“My members are worried,” he said.“They’re asking,‘Did I miss something, did I make the right phone call, did I do everything I needed to do?’”

MacKinnon declined to say whether he thought the fired workers bore any responsibility for Jeremiah’s disappearance, but said fatalities occasionally happen in Department of Children and Families-supervised families even when social workers are keeping up.

“I’ve had kids on my caseload die,” he said.“Whenever that happens, the toll it takes on you personally is indescribable. We as social workers do this work because we care and want to help.”
Nope

Leominster, MA

#258 Dec 31, 2013
Why is 'Meadow brook' always in the police blotters? What do social workers do, just go door to door like Avon and say "Hi I'm from social services for an inspection, please put away your drugs and don't stab me."?
The Insider

Gardner, MA

#259 Dec 31, 2013
Stamos wrote:
http://www.bostonglobe.com/met ro/2013/12/29/father-missing-b oy-admits-checkered-past-will- seek-custody-children-january- hearing/tQPU5AoEvlamhu3gQC9iEM /story.html
Father of missing Fitchburg boy admits checkered past..
The father of missing Fitchburg 5-year-old Jeremiah Oliver insisted in an interview Sunday that he is ready to parent his two other children, even as he acknowledged a checkered personal history that includes drug use and run-ins with the law.
“Don’t judge me on my past. People do change,” Jose Oliver said in the phone interview.“I know I can be a father to my kids and take care of them.”
Jeremiah Oliver has not been seen since September. Authorities were alerted to his disappearance Dec. 2, when his 7-year-old sister told counselors at Reingold Elementary School that she was being abused by her mother’s boyfriend and had not seen Jeremiah in some time.
Jose Oliver will appear in Fitchburg Juvenile Court on Jan. 10 to seek custody of Jeremiah’s sister and 9-year-old brother, who were placed in a foster home by the state.
Authorities have searched intensively for Jeremiah and are treating the case as a potential homicide.
Prosecutors allege that Jeremiah’s two siblings were savagely beaten by Alberto Sierra Jr., 23, and that their mother, 28-year-old Elsa Oliver, was complicit in the abuse. Elsa Oliver’s lawyer told the Globe Saturday she is mentally ill and unable to process her son’s disappearance, and prosecutors have acknowledged that she was a victim of domestic abuse by Sierra even as they charge her as his accomplice.
Sierra is a suspect in Jeremiah’s disappearance and is being held without bail.
Jose Oliver, who lives in New Britain, Conn., said Sunday that Elsa Oliver left him, took their three children, and filed a restraining order against him because he was using drugs. That restraining order prevented him from seeing their children for two years, he said. He said he tried to contact her repeatedly, but she did not respond.
Oliver said he got clean the day his wife left. He disputed a 2012 affidavit in which she alleged physical abuse.
“I never put my hands on my wife,” he said.“I’ll take a lie detector test on that.”
He said he did not recall a charge of assault and battery reported by the Worcester Telegram & Gazette, but acknowledged using marijuana, which he does not consider a drug. Oliver denied being in a gang, saying “I don’t believe in that. I’m not a violent person.... I’m a church person.”
Oliver said he is living on $600 per month in disability benefits, granted because he has depression and bipolar disorder. But he said he is searching for a suitable apartment and would be able to care for the children with the help of relatives and support programs.
“Everybody makes mistakes, man. There’s nobody perfect in this world,” he said.“The past is the past, let’s leave it there. I’m a new person. I’m older, I’m wiser.”
Christmas was especially painful, Oliver said. He spent the holiday alone.
People do change but that doesn't change or erase their past. A person's past history follows them thru life forever.

A person's past is the method that society can judge a person and their character. When a person's past is tainted, that will close many doors of opportunity for them. This is why kids are taught to keep their records clean.

It doesn't matter if they say they changed. How will a complete stranger know this? Their history is what is used to judge them.

It doesn't matter if Lynch states he is not the same person as years ago. It is too late. Society judges everyone based on their past.

This is called the "ex-con" mentality. After being released they feel their past should not be an issue. Do they really think society should just forget about their criminal history?

NO !
Mookie Wilson

Gardner, MA

#260 Jan 2, 2014
Lynchie

Was the missing boys father (changed man) arrested on Tuesday night in CT in a police sting selling 30 bags if heroin!?!? What a good dad who deserves a second chance to be with his kids. LMFAO!

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#261 Jan 2, 2014
Mookie Wilson wrote:
Lynchie
Was the missing boys father (changed man) arrested on Tuesday night in CT in a police sting selling 30 bags if heroin!?!? What a good dad who deserves a second chance to be with his kids. LMFAO!
Wow! Just fk'n WOW! Meanwhile, Lynch is still over at that Facebook page trashing the FPD and City Officials. WOW!

Father of missing Fitchburg boy arrested in Conn.
http://www.myfoxboston.com/story/24348113/fat...

NEW BRITAIN, Conn.( MyFoxBoston.com )– The father of a 5-year-old boy who was last seen by relatives in September has been arrested in Connecticut.

The New Britain Herald reported Jose Oliver was attempting to sell 30 bags of heroin of undercover police officers earlier this week.

Oliver was charged with possession of narcotics, possession of narcotics with intent to sell and possession of narcotics with intent to sell within 1,500 feet of a school.

Oliver is the father of Jeremiah Oliver. Jeremiah Oliver was reported missing when his 7-year-old sister told a staff member at her school that she hadn't seen her brother in some time in December 2013.

Alberto Sierra, 23, and the boy's mother, 28-year-old Elsa Oliver are both believed to be involved in the boy's disappearance. They are facing child abuse charges.

Jose Oliver was seeking custody of the 7-year-old girl and a 9-year-old brother. Oliver reportedly hadn't seen the children since Elsa Oliver left him two years ago. He has a lengthy criminal history.
Mookie Wilson

Gardner, MA

#262 Jan 2, 2014
Lynchie

Is this why you were drawn to father? He's as much for the spotlight as you are! Both of you cry poor me and take from the system!!! Then you go commit crimes.
You're a complete disgrace! And why am I not suprised at all that you and Gonzalez are ballz deep in this whole ordeal Trying to play frick'n hero!
Nope

Leominster, MA

#263 Jan 2, 2014
Of course Lynch jumped right in at the beginning of the missing boy situation defending the absent dead beat dad. How do you feel now knowing you were hanging out with a drug dealer?

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#264 Jan 2, 2014
Mookie Wilson wrote:
Lynchie
Is this why you were drawn to father? He's as much for the spotlight as you are! Both of you cry poor me and take from the system!!! Then you go commit crimes.
You're a complete disgrace! And why am I not suprised at all that you and Gonzalez are ballz deep in this whole ordeal Trying to play frick'n hero!
Like flies on shit he's attracted to the dysfunction of the family. Remember, he and his boyfriend tried to take custody of a child in his boyfriends family. It hit's home for him and gives him another shiny object too swallow. This case is in the making for a movie, who do you think will play the part of Lynch on the search team? LMFAO.......
Cheryl45

Buzzards Bay, MA

#265 Jan 2, 2014
Stamos wrote:
<quoted text>Like flies on shit he's attracted to the dysfunction of the family. Remember, he and his boyfriend tried to take custody of a child in his boyfriends family. It hit's home for him and gives him another shiny object too swallow. This case is in the making for a movie, who do you think will play the part of Lynch on the search team? LMFAO.......
I think Bobcat Goldthwaite wold make a perfect Lynch.
The Insider

Gardner, MA

#266 Jan 2, 2014
Stamos wrote:
<quoted text>
Wow! Just fk'n WOW! Meanwhile, Lynch is still over at that Facebook page trashing the FPD and City Officials. WOW!
Father of missing Fitchburg boy arrested in Conn.
http://www.myfoxboston.com/story/24348113/fat...
NEW BRITAIN, Conn.( MyFoxBoston.com )– The father of a 5-year-old boy who was last seen by relatives in September has been arrested in Connecticut.
The New Britain Herald reported Jose Oliver was attempting to sell 30 bags of heroin of undercover police officers earlier this week.
Oliver was charged with possession of narcotics, possession of narcotics with intent to sell and possession of narcotics with intent to sell within 1,500 feet of a school.
Oliver is the father of Jeremiah Oliver. Jeremiah Oliver was reported missing when his 7-year-old sister told a staff member at her school that she hadn't seen her brother in some time in December 2013.
Alberto Sierra, 23, and the boy's mother, 28-year-old Elsa Oliver are both believed to be involved in the boy's disappearance. They are facing child abuse charges.
Jose Oliver was seeking custody of the 7-year-old girl and a 9-year-old brother. Oliver reportedly hadn't seen the children since Elsa Oliver left him two years ago. He has a lengthy criminal history.
Everyone in public safety knew they are drug dealers and gang bangers. When the most respected drug dealer in Worcestor county showed up to give the father gifts and was treated like a rock star that is when this became a circus.

Searching for the boy is one thing but when the drug dealer was signing autographs on their t-shirts really tainted the situation for the family.

And people wonder why law enforcement doesn't comment or become more active in these cases. There is another side that the general public never knows about.
Cheryl45

Buzzards Bay, MA

#267 Jan 2, 2014
Of course, the screenwriters would have to work this famous actual Lynch line into the Lynch character's dialogue somehow:

"You cops are all done! I'm going to get you all!"

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#268 Jan 2, 2014
Cheryl45 wrote:
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I think Bobcat Goldthwaite wold make a perfect Lynch.
Nice call... Who do you think they should go with, with "Gomez" or Gonzalez? Remember, he or she's got too look anorexic. LMAO....

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#269 Jan 2, 2014
The Insider wrote:
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Everyone in public safety knew they are drug dealers and gang bangers. When the most respected drug dealer in Worcestor county showed up to give the father gifts and was treated like a rock star that is when this became a circus.
Searching for the boy is one thing but when the drug dealer was signing autographs on their t-shirts really tainted the situation for the family.
And people wonder why law enforcement doesn't comment or become more active in these cases. There is another side that the general public never knows about.
It was obvious from the beginning that the entire family is trash and could be suspect, and now we see all the wacko's coming out of the woodwork acting concerned. Hence, the wanna-be Senator, Mayor, City councilor or now Sherriff.....LMAO...
Dear Early

Fitchburg, MA

#270 Jan 2, 2014
Crock of Crap wrote:
<quoted text> When is the last time you saw a 70 year old cop in Massachusetts? State law requires all police officers to retire at age 65; the only way to get an exemption is to petition the Legislature. I thought you said you got a 99 on the police exam? That must be the question you got wrong.
If that is a question on the exam then we need to fix it! I just learned it from what you stated. And to add the majority of those retirering all of a sudden feel that their high blood pressure falls under the disability requirements for cops only!

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