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Apr 25, 2016 4:55 PM

After suspected murders of NH children, meeting to discuss review of DCYF


CONCORD — The suspected murders and recent deaths of four children, is what prompted the state's Child Fatalities Commission to hold a meeting Monday to identify problems withing the Division of Children, Youth and Families (DCYF).

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A recently launched review looks at 100 randomly selected cases to seek out issues within DCYF. The review can not interfere with criminal proceedings.

The mothers of Brielle Gage and Sadence Willott, and the then-boyfriend of Shawn Sylvester's mother, have all been charged with murder. The mother of Elioine Sanchez isn't facing murder charges but is facing child endangerment charges. The commission is considering hiring an independent agency to keep a close eye on DCYF.

In the meantime, the associate commissioner in charge of DCYF Mary Ann Cooney is stepping down. She is talking a position with the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials in Alexandria, Va. Cooney began working for the state in 2002, and served as the associate commissioner of the Department of Health and Human Services in 2012. It is unclear when she is planning to leave her post.

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