Reports: Another Child Under DCF Watch Dies

Another child under the state Department of Children and Families watch has died, according to media reports.

A 2-month-old who was living in a Weymouth hotel room with her family stopped breathing on Thursday, the Boston Herald first reported. According to the newspaper, the baby girl was rushed to the hospital at 8 a.m. on Thursday, but did not survive.

The Department of Children and Families confirmed to the Herald that the agency was involved with the family.

"The department is deeply saddened by this news," DCF spokeswoman Cayenne Isaaksen told the newspaper. "DCF had recently opened a case with this family when this tragic incident occurred. We received a report and the investigation is ongoing in coordination with law enforcement."

The incident is the most recent in a string of deaths of children affiliated with the Department of Children and Families.

The body of 5-year-old Jeremiah Oliver from Fitchburg was found dead off a highway in Sterling last month.


Two-week-old Bailey Irish from Fitchburg died April 26 when her parents said she stopped breathing.

Four-week-old Aliana Lavigne of Grafton died April 11 after DCF workers misplaced a fax from the Grafton Police Department.

Each family was under the supervision of the Department of Children and Families. Amid the controversy, Olga Roche resigned as commissioner of the agency last week.

An initial investigation by the Norfolk District Attorney’s office into the death of the Weymouth infant does not suggest foul play, NECN reports.

The Weymouth hotel manager said the family had been living there for about a year and that the “baby looked like she was well cared for,’’ WCVB reported.

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