DCF: Caseworker Visited Home One Hour Before Winooski Baby's Death

By Steph Machado

Published 05/13 2014 05:57PM

Updated 05/13 2014 08:42PM

WINOOSKI, Vt. -  The Vermont Department for Children and Families commissioner Dave Yacovone confirms a caseworker visited the home where Peighton Geraw lived one hour before the 15-month-old boy died.  The case has been ruled a homicide. 

Yacovone tells us a caseworker went to the Winooski home on April 4 to investigate possible child abuse. He is still employed at DCF and not on administrative leave.

Vermont law does not allow a caseworker to remove a child from a home without a police officer present, even if ongoing abuse is suspected. If no officer is present, the caseworker must go through the court to get the child removed.

Winooski police chief Steve McQueen says no officer was sent with the DCF worker.
Commissioner Yacovone is not releasing all the details, and police have made no arrests.

Governor Peter Shumlin is calling for an investigation into Geraw's death by the same board that is investigating the death of 2-year-old Dezirae Sheldon.

“The news that Peighton Geraw's death has been ruled a homicide is horrific, and I am deeply troubled that DCF's involvement did not help save Peighton from these terrible injuries," Shumlin said in a statement.

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