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Gov. Charlie Baker speaks at a press conference at the State House. (State House News Service)
Gov. Charlie Baker speaks at a press conference at the State House. (State House News Service)
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Gov. Charlie Baker spoke Monday at a press conference about the 2-year-old girl from Auburn who was in foster care and died Saturday afternoon. Paramedics found two other children, a 22-month-old and a 6-month-old, in the house. Both were taken to the hospital.

"The death of any child is a tragedy," Baker said. "We take it very personally and plan to continue to get to the bottom and make changes that need to be made so this doesn't happen going forward."

The case is drawing new scrutiny to the Department of Children and Families offices in Worcester County, which has been connected to three high-profile cases in the last two years, including the death of 4-year-old Jeremiah Oliver and abuse of 7-year-old Jack Loiselle.

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Bruce Gellerman, WBUR reporter. He tweets @AudioBruce.

Khrystian King, social worker with DCF in Worcester and a candidate for Worcester City Council.

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WBUR: Baker Says Investigation Into Death Of Auburn Foster Child Is ‘All Hands On Deck’

  • "A 2-year-old girl was found unresponsive Saturday at a state-licensed foster home in Auburn. Another foster child living in the home, a 22-month-old girl, was also found unresponsive. She’s now in critical condition."

This segment aired on August 17, 2015.

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