The Associated Press

Dad Of Dead Fitchburg 5-Year-Old Apologizes For Not Saving Him

FITCHBURG, Mass. — The father of a 5-year-old Massachusetts boy who was missing for months before his body was found by the side of a highway apologized at his funeral for not protecting him.

Jose Oliver gave a tearful eulogy Saturday for his son Jeremiah Oliver at the Rollstone Congregational Church in Fitchburg.

Addressing his son’s small white coffin, Jose Oliver asked the boy for forgiveness, saying, “I am sorry, as a father and as a man, that I could not be there to protect you.”

Jeremiah was last seen in September but not reported missing until December. His remains were found last month.

His mother and her boyfriend have been charged in connection with his disappearance, which helped spur major changes in the state child welfare agency.

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  • PaulD

    Considering how much the state favors women in custody battles, it’s no surprise the father couldn’t be there to protect him.

  • eat_swim_read

    This heartbreaking story is not improved by piling on the dad with derision and snark.
    Obviously the situation went hideously out of control, and the dad’s actions (or lack of) likely played a role.
    No excuses there. None.
    It is also true that parents of deceased children face a greatly increased likelihood of depression and even suicide. This is well documented.
    Having this dad – or anyone – spiral into a second tragedy would serve no-one.
    Those wishing to extract just desserts on this fellow can rest assured that he’ll spend the rest of his life in a private hell unknown to most of us, who have never had kids laid to rest so young.
    It dishonors the young boy to visit his family with malice at this point,
    Save that for the well-paid bureaucrats who failed him, and fail so many others every day.

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