Mother of missing boy competent to stand trial

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#1 Jan 24, 2014
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FITCHBURG -- A judge declared the mother of missing 5-year-old Fitchburg boy Jeremiah Oliver competent to stand trial during an appearance in Fitchburg District Court on Friday.
Elsa Oliver, 28, faces charges in connection with the alleged abuse of Jeremiah and his 9-year-old brother and 7-year-old sister, who were placed in state custody.
Also charged is Oliver's boyfriend, Alberto L. Sierra Jr., 22.
They have pleaded not guilty to all charges. Jeremiah has been missing since September and is feared dead.
The case has resulted in intense scrutiny on the workload of social workers at the Department of Children and Families who were responsible for looking out for the well-being of the children.
Developing.

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#2 Jan 24, 2014
Great news. Now she needs to be water boarded until she give's up his whereabouts. Why they haven't done so already with the no good puke boyfriend is anyone's guess.
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Fitchburg, MA

#3 Jan 24, 2014
Stamos wrote:
Great news. Now she needs to be water boarded until she give's up his whereabouts. Why they haven't done so already with the no good puke boyfriend is anyone's guess.
Precisely. SHe knows exactly what happened to her son. She should be drilled until she gives up the truth.
Yayyyy

Leominster, MA

#4 Jan 24, 2014
I don't think the Uncle freaking out in court and screaming "Where is my nephew???!!?!" is going to help anyone. Isn't that a question he should have been asking five months ago? More drama and anything for the camera.
Uh oh

Leominster, MA

#5 Jan 24, 2014
I watched the news video of her in court and what's with the sweat pants and hoodie? Shouldn't she be in an orange jump suit?
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Fitchburg, MA

#6 Jan 24, 2014
Yayyyy wrote:
I don't think the Uncle freaking out in court and screaming "Where is my nephew???!!?!" is going to help anyone. Isn't that a question he should have been asking five months ago? More drama and anything for the camera.
Not surprising, really. Just watch, they are going to look at this kid as a payday.

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#7 Jan 24, 2014
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Not surprising, really. Just watch, they are going to look at this kid as a payday.
Yes, unfortunately there will be ambulance chasing lawyers out there offering contingent legal service to the father for the big score he will be making off the state's (taxpayers) screw up on this one. Imagine that, the mother gets custody of the child under state supervision because the father is abusive, she and her new abusive boyfriend kill the kid, then the abusive drug peddling father hits pay dirt because his kid was murdered while under state supervision. What a country.
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Fitchburg, MA

#8 Jan 24, 2014
Stamos wrote:
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Yes, unfortunately there will be ambulance chasing lawyers out there offering contingent legal service to the father for the big score he will be making off the state's (taxpayers) screw up on this one. Imagine that, the mother gets custody of the child under state supervision because the father is abusive, she and her new abusive boyfriend kill the kid, then the abusive drug peddling father hits pay dirt because his kid was murdered while under state supervision. What a country.
Even better, there are some that will place the blam squarely on the sytem. They are so quick to eschew responsibility, especially to minorities, that this somehow HAS to be the fault of the government and not the people entrusted to take care of this child.You'll hear the calls for more money for more social services. All a big scam as a means to extract more money out of the taxpayers pocket.

What a country indeed.

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#9 Jan 24, 2014
Update.......
http://www.telegram.com/article/20140124/NEWS...

Jeremiah's mother competent to stand trial; uncle warned for courtroom outburst

FITCHBURG — The mother of missing 5-year-old Jeremiah Oliver has been found competent to stand trial.

After reviewing a report from doctors at the Worcester Recovery Center, Fitchburg District Court Judge Margaret Guzman ruled today that Mrs. Oliver is mentally able to stand trial on charges of reckless endangerment of a child, and being àn accessory after the fact.

As Mrs. Oliver's case was ending, four women were removed from the courtroom for commenting when the judge ruled on the case.

Police then attempted to clear everyone else out of the courtroom, but Sandrino Oliver, the missing child's uncle, started yelling and demanding Mrs. Oliver say where Jeremiah is. He was removed from the courtroom, but arrested outside on a charge of contempt of court.

Back inside the courtroom, the judge released Mr. Oliver, giving him a warning and saying that kind of outburst must never happen again.

Mr. Oliver apologized through his lawyer, and said he would control himself in the future.

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#10 Jan 25, 2014
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http://www.telegram.com/article/20140124/NEWS...

FITCHBURG — The mother of missing 5-year-old Jeremiah Oliver has been found competent to stand trial.

After reviewing a report from doctors at the Worcester Recovery Center, Fitchburg District Court Judge Margaret Guzman ruled Friday that Elsa Oliver, 28, is mentally able to stand trial on charges of reckless endangerment of a child, and being an accessory after the fact.

After ruling on Ms. Oliver's case, Judge Guzman ordered her sent to the Worcester County House of Correction where she will be held without bail because she was held in contempt of court for failing to tell a Juvenile Court judge where her son is. If the contempt ruling is lifted,$100,000 cash bail was set in her case. Her next court appearance in February 21.

As Ms. Oliver's case was ending, four women were removed from the courtroom for commenting when the judge ruled on the case.

Police then attempted to clear everyone else out of the courtroom, but Sandrino Oliver, the missing child's paternal uncle, started yelling and demanding that Ms. Oliver say where Jeremiah is. He was removed from the courtroom, and arrested outside on a charge of contempt of court.

Back inside the courtroom, the judge told Mr. Oliver she is very sympathetic to the heartache he is going through, but she said she was concerned for the safety of others in the courtroom during his outburst.

"Your behavior is inappropriate," she said.

Judge Guzman said that she was willing to overlook his behavior if he assured her he would never do it again. She also said that if anyone disrupts the case in the future, he or they will be barred from the courtroom. She then released Mr. Oliver.

Mr. Oliver apologized through his lawyer, and said he would control himself.

While Mr. Oliver was being arrested outside court, his brother, Jose Oliver, father of Jeremiah Oliver, had to be led way from a group of women whom he suddenly started yelling at. The women, who were standing in front of the courthouse steps, women were among the four who had been removed from the courtroom earlier. They have been among regular supporters of Mr. Oliver at past hearings. When he confronted them, they reacted with surprise and concern. One of the women who was reached later would not comment on the incident.

Before Ms. Oliver's appearance in court, Jose Oliver told reporters he was there hoping to hear his wife say where his son is. He said he has offered to speak with Mrs. Oliver to see if she would tell him where the boy is. Mr. Oliver said he has been in regular contact with Mrs. Oliver's sister, Pauline Martinez of Connecticut. He said Mrs. Martinez has been allowed to speak to his wife and has asked her where Jeremiah is.

"She answered her,'Why? What is going on? It is the rapture,' " he said.

Mr. Oliver said he was not sure what the statement meant. He said either his wife does not know what is going on around her, or she is pretending she does not know what is going on.

"I don't think she is crazy," he said. "I think she is afraid."

Mr. Oliver also criticized the state Department of Children and Families for its handling of Jeremiah's case.

"I blame the DCF in the sense that they were irresponsible in their duties," he said. "If they went there when they were supposed to, my son would be here."

Mrs. Oliver was represented in court by lawyer James Gavin Reardon of Worcester. Following the hearing, Mr. Reardon said that earlier his client seemed on the verge of paranoia but she now seems better.

"Speaking with her today, it seems her condition has improved," he said.

Mr. Reardon said a lawyer must scale high hurdles to show that a client is not able to stand trial.

"Is she able to work with her attorney? That is still a very live issue," he said.

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#11 Jan 25, 2014
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The case involving Alberto Sierra, 22, Mrs. Oliver's boyfriend, was also scheduled for a hearing Friday. Mr. Sierra is charged with two counts of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and two counts of assault and battery on a child with injury. He did not appear in court, but was also represented by Mr. Reardon. His own attorney, Alan Black, was tied up with another case. The only action in his case was to continue a order waiving Mr. Sierra's appearance in court for hearings other than hearings where evidence is presented.

Mr. Sierra is also expected to appear again in court on Feb. 21.

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#12 Jan 25, 2014
Update..........

http://www.sentinelandenterprise.com/news/ci_...
FITCHBURG -- Moments after Elsa Oliver, mother of missing 5-year-old Jeremiah Oliver, was declared competent to stand trial in Fitchburg District Court Friday, the courtroom erupted into chaos as the boy's uncle demanded she tell authorities Jeremiah's whereabouts.

Family members and court officers struggled to control Sandrino Oliver of Worcester when he began to repeatedly cry out, "Where is my nephew?" before running out of the court and down Wallace Avenue.

Court and state police officers ran after Sandrino Oliver, who was surrounded by family and friends, and placed him under arrest, charging him with contempt of court.

Moments earlier, Jeremiah's father, Jose Oliver of New Britain, Conn., had his own outburst on the front steps of the courthouse, yelling at a group of women to "Stop talking (expletive) about my son on Facebook!" before being escorted inside.
During the hearing, Judge Margaret Guzman had asked the women to leave the courtroom after one made a comment.

Guzman dismissed Sandrino Oliver's contempt charge a short time later, saying she was "sympathetic to the hardship and heartache" of the family but warned him that if he or any other members of his party have any future outbursts they will be barred from the courtroom.

Elsa Oliver, 28, had been under mental-health evaluation at Worcester Recovery Center and Hospital since her Dec. 17 arraignment on two counts of reckless endangerment of a child, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, and two counts of accessory after the fact of a felony (assault and battery with a dangerous weapon).

Her boyfriend, Alberto Sierra Jr., 22, is charged with two counts of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and two counts of assault and battery on a child causing bodily injury. Both have pleaded not guilty to all charges.

Guzman found Elsa Oliver competent to stand trial and said that all bail conditions previously set still apply, including a contempt charge in juvenile court she must resolve before being granted $100,000 cash bail with GPS monitoring.

Guzman ordered Elsa Oliver to be sent to the House of Correction in Framingham and continued both her case and Sierra's to Feb. 21 for a pretrial hearing.
While Jose Oliver still holds out hope that his son will be returned to him safely, he said he believes that if Jeremiah were being held by someone somewhere, Elsa Oliver or Sierra would have given that information to authorities by now.

The searches for his son will continue, however, he said, with the next search being organized for 10 a.m. today, across from 276 Kimball St.

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#13 Jan 25, 2014
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Sierra, who was deemed dangerous Dec. 24 and ordered held without bail, was not present in the courtroom because his presence has been waived for all nonevidentiary hearings. Elsa Oliver's presence has also been waived for all future nonevidentiary hearings.

Guzman also ordered all documents used in determining the dangerousness of Oliver and Sierra, impounded for the past 30 days, to remain impounded until the grand jury investigation is closed.

Although Oliver was found competent, her attorney, James Gavin Reardon Jr., said he's not sure of her ability to communicate with him.

"I would say that she's improving, and I'm hopeful that will continue," he said.

Reardon said his client does have some underlying mental-health issues and will likely be closely monitored and supervised at the House of Correction. He said he will also likely file a motion to seek records from the state Department of Children and Families, which was responsible for looking out for the well-being of Jeremiah and his siblings.

The agency, as well as the workload of its social workers, have come under intense scrutiny as a result of this case because home visits were not conducted for several months before Jeremiah's disappearance. Three employees have since been fired.

Jose Oliver said before the hearing that he blames DCF for his son being missing.

"I believe that if they would have went there when they had to, my son would have been here," he said.

He said he has requested to speak directly with Elsa Oliver, a request Reardon said he would consider. Jose Oliver said Elsa Oliver's sister visited her recently, and when she asked her what was going on, Elsa Oliver reportedly made reference to "the Rapture."

"I don't think she's crazy, I think she's just afraid (of Sierra)," Jose Oliver said. "That's why I want to see her. I want to see her reaction. I want to see what she'll say to me."
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Fitchburg, MA

#14 Jan 25, 2014
"I blame the DCF in the sense that they were irresponsible in their duties," he said. "If they went there when they were supposed to, my son would be here."

Can someone explain to me how a visit that lasts likely no more than an hour would have presented that loser from doing what he did to that little boy? That leaves 23 hours to harm the child. This father is a douche. I read in one article he had a restraining order placed against him, yup, another stellar 'parent'!

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#15 Jan 25, 2014
Why is the uncle also lawyered up?

Photo array of hearing..
http://photos.sentinelandenterprise.com/2014/...
Yikes

Leominster, MA

#16 Jan 25, 2014
Thanks for the to the pics Stamos. Am I the only one who is impressed by these snappy dressers. Why are they always wearing new sneakers and now they are color coordinating there sneakers with their jackets.

http://photos.sentinelandenterprise.com/2014/...
Yikes

Leominster, MA

#17 Jan 25, 2014
I like this pic too. When you get past the drug addict dealer who beats women and children you have to admit he has a sense of style and nice sneakers. Let's all join him to look for the kids he abandoned WEEEEEEE!!!!

http://photos.sentinelandenterprise.com/2014/...
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Boston, MA

#18 Jan 25, 2014
And why should anyone be taking up a collection for the deadbeat of a father when he's wearing a huge diamond in his ear?!? Sell the jewels so you can buy a bus ticket to get your welfare relieving butt to Fitchburg.

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