Report finds defects in child protection system

The Vermont Citizen’s Advisory Board, charged with investigating the circumstances surrounding the deaths of two toddlers earlier this year, released a report Friday stating Vermont’s “current systems, including child welfare, law enforcement, courts and community‐based services, failed to protect both children.”

Two-year-old Dezirae Sheldon, of Poultney, died in February and 15-month-old Peighton Geraw, of Winooski, died in April. Both deaths have been ruled homicides and murder charges have been filed against family members.

Gov. Peter Shumlin called on the board to investigate if workers at the Department for Children and Families and other state agencies followed existing policies and procedures, whether policies and procedures are adequate and what areas need improvement.

Read the board’s report below:

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