Oct 1, 2015 11:50 AM

Manchester police chief says DCYF failed to protect toddler


MANCHESTER — Police Chief Nick Willard is pointing the finger at the state Department of Children, Youth and Families for failing to protect toddler Sadence Willott, whose mother has been charged in her death.

“In the Willott homicide, DCYF failed to protect Sadie,” Willard told the Union Leader. He also said the state agency was not initially cooperative in the investigation, unlike previous investigations into similar child abuse cases.

A spokesman for the Department of Health and Human Services, which includes DCYF, wouldn’t comment on Willard’s remark.

“Unfortunately, we are unable to comment on that for confidentiality reasons,” said Jake Leon, department spokesman.

Following a police investigation, Katlin Paquette, 22, the 21-month-old's mother, was arrested and charged with second-degree murder. The toddler was found to have died of blunt force trauma to the head, causing a fatal brain injury.

Other residents of the Belmont Street house where Paquette and Sadie lived have told reporters that DCYF had been involved with the family.

Willard’s remark is the latest in a string of worries for the agency.

The family of Brielle Gage, the 3-year-old Nashua girl killed last November, has complained that DCYF returned the girl to her family despite the fact that her mother, Katlyn Marin, was facing a felony assault charge involving another child of hers. Marin is charged with homicide in Brielle’s death.


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