Boyfriend's brother contacted DCF days before Fitchburg boy's disappearance
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#1 Jan 2, 2014
Report: Boyfriend's brother contacted DCF days before Fitchburg boy's disappearance
By Paula J. Owen TELEGRAM & GAZETTE STAFF
The headline on this story has been changed. The brother of Alberto L. Sierra Jr contacted the state with concerns about the mental health of Jeremiah Oliver's mother.
FITCHBURG — Luis Sierra, the brother of Alberto L. Sierra Jr., who is being held without bail in connection with the disappearance of young Jeremiah Oliver, contacted the Department of Children and Families in December, 10 days before the boy was reported missing to authorities, over concerns about the mental health of Jeremiah's mother, according to a report released Monday by DCF.
Additionally, the report says Jeremiah's siblings told the family's DCF social worker that Luis Sierra used to baby-sit Jeremiah and that the boy had gone to live with his "other family" whom they did not know.
DCF Commissioner Olga I. Roche on Monday announced a third DCF employee was fired in the wake of investigations into the missing 5-year-old Fitchburg boy and state officials have concluded that numerous failings and misconduct by staff contributed to the disappearance.
Ms. Roche issued the agency's final report on the case of the missing boy, whose disappearance is being treated as a possible homicide.
The details, which she called troubling and sad, were disclosed as Jeremiah's mother, Elsa Oliver, 28, and her boyfriend, Alberto Sierra, 23, remain in custody facing abuse charges, and family members and friends continue searching for the boy. The state is also caring for the boy's 9-year-old brother and 7-year-old sister.
Ms. Oliver is being held without bail on a contempt charge in juvenile court, where she was ordered to produce her son and she also faces child abuse charges. Family members say she has a history of mental illness dating back to when she was 17.
Jeremiah's father, Jose Oliver, from New Britain, Conn., is due back in Fitchburg Juvenile Court on Jan. 10 to seek custody of Jeremiah's older siblings.
According to the DCF report, a social worker from the DCF's North Central office in Leominster failed to conduct home visits regularly to ensure the Oliver children's safety. The social worker only visited the Oliver family three times in 2013 after the case was transferred to the Leominster office in January — twice in February and once in April, the report states. The social worker's supervisor did not take steps to ensure home visits were made, the report says.
Additionally, when the case was first transferred to the Leominster office, the social worker admitted she did not take the time to read the Oliver family's DCF file dating back to September 2011, and only read the transfer summary. Her supervisor didn't read the file, either, but did look at some of the reports contained in it, the report said. Moreover, DCF records were falsified to say the Oliver home was "clean and suitable," in September, though no one had seen it, the report said.
The last time a DCF employee saw Jeremiah, the report says, was on May 20 after another report of physical abuse by Ms. Oliver toward the oldest child was made. An investigator visited the Oliver home and said he spoke at length with Jeremiah, later describing the boy in his report as "precocious, talkative and articulate."
The social worker later canceled a home visit scheduled with Ms. Oliver and her children on May 28, the report says, and failed to follow up on three more reports of abuse and neglect of the Oliver children made in June; a report by Jeremiah's preschool that he was coming to school hungry and another report from the preschool that Ms. Oliver said she was considering moving to Florida.
#3 Jan 2, 2014
The boys birth father has been arrested in CT for dealing heroin. That should prevent him from obtaining custody of the two children now in state custody. Between the druggie, mentally Ill abusive mother, the druggie abusive gang member boyfriend and now the drug dealing father coupled with a corrupt and ineffective state agency this poor little boy never had a chance. God rest his soul.
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