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State launches investigation of child welfare agency’s involvement in home of slain infant

Anthony Gideika was charged with fatally beating 3-month-old Chase Gideika, who died on Tuesday.
Anthony Gideika was charged with fatally beating 3-month-old Chase Gideika, who died on Tuesday.Owen O’Rourke/The Daily Item

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LYNN — Governor Deval Patrick defended the state’s child welfare agency Thursday, even as his administration called for a thorough review of the agency’s decision to leave a baby boy in the troubled home where he was fatally assaulted this week.

The state’s Office of the Child Advocate was charged with conducting the investigation. The Department of Children and Families announced Wednesday it would launch an internal review.

Patrick said the child’s death was a “horrible thing,” but raised no broader concerns about the agency’s judgment.

Department of Children and Families staffers “do their very best” in difficult situations, handle an untold number of cases successfully, and must deal with the tough questions that arise when things go wrong, he said.

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