Gov. Baker Says He’ll Seek New Protocols to Protect Children 

PHOTO COURTESY: MASS STATE POLICE

PHOTO COURTESY: MASS STATE POLICE

BOSTON (AP) — Gov. Charlie Baker says the state must update the way it handles investigations of child abuse or neglect if it hopes to avoid more cases like the death of 2-year-old Bella Bond.

Baker said Tuesday one of his top priorities is revamping the intake policy for the Department of Children and Families. He said it hasn’t been updated in a decade.

The policy covers the process between the reporting an allegation of abuse or neglect and the decision to formally open a case.

Baker said that policy failure is at the root of several recent deaths, including Bella’s. The DCF had investigated reports she was neglected. Her body was found on a Boston-area beach in June and wasn’t identified until last week.

Baker said a new protocol won’t be developed overnight.

 

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