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.