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December 19, 2013

Patrick presses commissioner on missing-boy case

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick says he’s asked his child protection agency’s commissioner “very specific questions” about the case of a 5-year-old boy who has been missing for months and is feared dead. He says he’s trying to keep his rage “in check.”

Patrick said Wednesday he expects to hear back from Department of Children and Families Commissioner Olga Roche soon but supports her decision to fire a caseworker and a supervisor assigned to Jeremiah Oliver and his family in Fitchburg, 45 miles northwest of Boston.

Investigators say the boy was last seen by relatives in September but police learned only recently he was missing and are treating the case as a possible homicide.

The boy’s mother and her boyfriend face charges and have pleaded not guilty.

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