The father of missing Fitchburg 5-year-old Jeremiah Oliver acknowledged in an interview today that he has a checkered past but insisted he is ready to parent his two other children, who are in state custody.
“Don’t judge me on my past. People do change,” Jose Oliver said in the phone interview. “I know I can be a father to my kids and take care of them.”
Jeremiah Oliver has not been seen since September. Authorities were alerted to his disappearance Dec. 2, when his 7-year-old sister told counselors at Reingold Elemntary she was being abused by her mother’s boyfriend and had not seen her brother in some time.
Oliver will appear in Fitchburg Juvenile Court Jan. 10 to seek custody of Jeremiah’s sister and 9-year-old brother, who are in a foster home.