Gov. Shumlin Concerned About Slow Investigation into DCF

By Steph Machado

Published 05/14 2014 06:22PM

Updated 05/14 2014 07:17PM

MONTPELIER - Governor Peter Shumlin says he's concerned about how the state handles child abuse cases. Two toddlers have died in the span of a few months.

The same independent, external group that's looking into what happened to Dezirae Sheldon will investigate 15-month-old Peighton Geraw's death.

Court papers show Geraw was visited by a DCF caseworker one hour before he died.

In Dezirae's case, DCF allowed her to be returned home shortly before she was killed.

Shumlin says the investigation is moving slower than he'd like, and he wants answers about what went wrong.

"Is there a challenge with the system that somehow we're not meeting, that allows a baby to die at the hands at empty hearted individuals?" Gov. Shumlin said.

The governor won't say if he thinks DCF is to blame until he sees the results of the independent investigations.

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