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Oct 2, 2015 1:54 PM

Governor and AG call for thorough, independent review of state DCYF


CONCORD - Gov. Maggie Hassan announced Friday plans to conduct an independent review of the state Division of Children, Youth and Families following the death of a Manchester toddler.

“If as a state we missed any opportunity to save a child’s life, it is a tragedy and a failure – one that we must do everything possible to prevent in the future," Hassan said in a statement.

Hassan said she made her decision in conjunction with the review and recommendations of Attorney General Joseph Foster.

After the death of 21-month-old Sadie Willot in Manchester in early September, law enforcement raised concerns about DCYF’s involvement in the case. As a result, Foster began looking at the Willot case and other cases the Attorney General’s office had handled. Based on that review, Foster recommended a thorough, independent review of DCYF.

“Our preliminary review of Sadie Willot’s death and other homicide and assault cases involving child victims raised significant concerns about DCYF’s prior contacts with those families,” Foster said in a statement

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