State launches investigation of child welfare agency’s involvement in home of slain infant

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State launches investigation of child welfare agency’s involvement in home of slain infant

 

Anthony Gideika was charged with fatally beating 3-month-old Chase Gideika, who died on Tuesday.
Owen O’Rourke/The Daily Item Anthony Gideika was charged with fatally beating 3-month-old Chase Gideika, who died on Tuesday.
By Peter Schworm  /  Globe Staff /  July 11, 2013
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LYNN — Governor Deval Patrick defended the state’s child welfare agency Thursday, even as his administration called for a thorough review of the agency’s decision to leave a baby boy in the troubled home where he was fatally assaulted this week.

The state’s Office of the Child Advocate was charged with conducting the investigation. The Department of Children and Families announced Wednesday it would launch an internal review.

Patrick said the child’s death was a “horrible thing,” but raised no broader concerns about the agency’s judgment.

Department of Children and Families staffers “do their very best” in difficult situations, handle an untold number of cases successfully, and must deal with the tough questions that arise when things go wrong, he said. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.

John R. Ellement, Brian Ballou, and Joshua Miller of the Globe staff contributed to this report. Peter Schworm can be reached at schworm@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter@globepete.

 

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