Baker defends decision not to fire state social worker in Bella Bond case

Gov. Charlie Baker. –Gretchen Ertl / The Boston Globe

The social worker assigned to Bella Bond’s case at the state Department of Children and Families will not be fired, but will be issued a “formal written warning,’’ The Boston Globe reports.

The decision on Friday by Governor Charlie Baker’s administration follows an internal investigation into the case that found in October that the worker copied reports when preparing information about Bella Bond’s mother, who was accused of neglecting her toddler.

The girl’s body was found on Deer Island in June. Michael McCarthy, the boyfriend of the toddler’s mother, has been charged with her murder. Her mother, Rachelle Bond, has also been charged in connection to her death.


At a press conference Friday afternoon, an emotional Baker defended the administration’s decision, saying that a new supervisory policy at DCF is being developed. The agency has to fix the managerial oversight, supervision structure and guidance to social workers, he said.

“You can’t hold someone accountable if you don’t give them any guidance, you don’t have a rulebook, and you don’t have any supervisory policies,’’ Baker said.

Read the full Globe report here.

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