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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