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Ayla Reynolds reported missing December 2011
The mother of missing Maine toddler Ayla Reynolds has asked the county attorney to bring child endangerment charges against the girl’s father.
In a March 24 letter to the Morning Sentinel, Trista Reynolds says Ayla was in Justin DiPietro’s care when he reported her missing on Dec. 17, 2011. Investigators found blood inside the home, and have concluded the child is no longer alive and was a victim of foul play.
Reynolds has asked the county prosecutor to bring child endangerment charges against DiPietro before the statute of limitations runs out in nine months.
The county prosecutor says her office has no jurisdiction over the case since it was transferred to the attorney general’s office.
The deputy attorney general told the newspaper that he cannot discuss any possible charges in the case.
Police looking for Nicole Reynolds, Gianna Geraghty
KEENE, N.H. — Keene police are seeking the public’s help in finding a mother and her 2-year-old daughter.
Nicole Reynolds, 33, of Keene, and her daughter, Gianna Geraghty, 2, have not been seen or heard from since Wednesday night, when Reynolds picked Gianna up from the home of the girl’s paternal grandparents.
“Our concerns are obviously for Gianna and Nicole as well, that everybody be safe and come home,” said Michael Geraghty, the girl’s grandfather.
Geraghty said that on Thursday, there was a custody hearing for Gianna. When Reynolds couldn’t be reached, the judge advised the family to call police.
The two may be traveling in a silver Honda CRV with New Hampshire registration 2368679.
Police said the incident is currently being treated as a missing-persons case, not an Amber Alert.
Anyone with information is encouraged to call Keene police at 603-357-9813. Tips can be anonymously submitted at this link.
Jeremiah Oliver last seen in September
Fitchburg, Mass. — The uncle of a missing 5-year-old Fitchburg boy was led out of the courtroom Friday after an emotional outburst during a hearing when the judge ruled the boy’s mother is competent to stand trial.
Investigators fear Jeremiah Oliver, who was last seen in September, may be dead.
The boy’s mother, Elsa Oliver and her boyfriend, Alberto Sierra Jr., appeared at a pretrial hearing in Fitchburg District Court.
At the end of the hearing the boy’s uncle, Sandrino Oliver, screamed, “Where’s my nephew?” several times before he was led out of the courtroom by several guards.
Sandrino Oliver was brought before the judge in handcuffs on a contempt of court charge. The charge was dismissed by Judge Margaret Guzman after he promised it would not happen again.
“If he disappeared — she has to know where he is at. I believe that she is afraid,” Jose Oliver, the boy’s father, said.
Elsa Oliver and Sierra have pleaded not guilty to child endangerment and abuse charges in connection with the alleged abuse of Jeremiah’s 9-year-old brother and 7-year-old sister, who were placed in state custody.
Jeremiah Oliver missing since September
LEOMINSTER, Mass. —Worker caseloads are stunningly high at a Massachusetts Department of Children and Families office criticized for how it handled a case involving a 5-year-old Fitchburg boy who has been missing since September, according to child welfare advocates.
The Boston Herald reports that one worker at the Leominster office oversaw 57 children, nearly half of whom were in foster care. Six other workers were overseeing 40 or more children apiece. Sixty workers have filed grievances saying their caseloads exceeded the state-mandated limit of 18, according to labor union officials.
“That seems inconceivable to me,” said Maria Mossaides, executive director of Cambridge Family and Children’s Service and chair of the Children’s League of Massachusetts.
The Leominster office is the one that served the family of 5-year-old Jeremiah Oliver of Fitchburg, who has been missing since September and is feared dead. Three DCF workers were fired and a fourth disciplined in connection with the agency’s failures in handling the family’s case.
DCF Commissioner Olga Roche said an internal investigation by the agency found staff missed multiple opportunities to engage with the Oliver family through home visits and sometimes went months between meetings with the family.
The boy disappeared in September, but police didn’t learn that until last month. They are treating the case as a possible homicide.
The boy’s mother, Elsa Oliver, and her boyfriend, Alberto Sierra Jr., were arrested in connection with the alleged abuse of Oliver’s two other children. Oliver and Sierra have pleaded not guilty to child endangerment, abuse and other charges. Searchers have looked for the boy, to no avail.
Mossaides and other advocates are placing some blame on DCF budget cuts and low staffing levels.
Gov. Deval Patrick said last month that he didn’t believe the case represented a “system-wide breakdown.”
“There are hundreds of triumphs every day in the lives of children thanks to the people who work at DCF,” he said.
Jose Oliver tried to sell heroin during police sting, report says
NEW BRITAIN, Conn. —The father of a young Fitchburg boy who has been missing for months has been arrested on drug charges in Connecticut.
Jose Oliver, of New Britain, was arrested Monday after he allegedly tried to sell 30 bags of heroin during a police sting, the New Britain Herald reported.
Oliver’s 5-year-old son Jeremiah, who lived with his mother and her boyfriend in Fitchburg, was last seen in September and is feared dead.
Neither reported the boy missing, however the couple faces numerous charges, but none directly related to the boy’s disappearance.
At the time of his arrest, Oliver was seeking custody of his other children, the Herald reported.
Three employees if the Department of Children & Families were fired for their handling of the boy’s case.
An internal investigation by the agency found staff missed multiple opportunities to engage with the Oliver family through home visits and sometimes went months between meetings with the family.