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State Senator calls for investigation after 5-year-old boy goes missing

SPRINGFIELD, MA (WSHM) -

It's been three months since anyone last saw Jeremiah Oliver.

Police said they fear Fitchburg boy is dead.

The boy's mother and her boyfriend are the main suspects.

Now one local senator is trying to make sure this situation does not happen again.

Elsa Oliver stood handcuffed and stone faced during her court appearance on Tuesday.

She is the mother of Jeremiah Oliver, 5, of Fitchburg, who was last seen in September.

Elsa Oliver is charged with reckless endangerment of a child and being an accessory after the fact.

Her boyfriend, Alberto Sierra, is charged with assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, and assault and battery on a child.

The Oliver Family was receiving state supervision by the Department of Children and Families since 2011.

Two social workers employed by the DCF who were supposed to be in touch with Jeremiah's family, have been fired.

The DCF said they are conducting their own investigation.

But state officials demanding answers as to how Jeremiah was able to slip through the cracks and disappear without anyone knowing.

Now Massachusetts State Senator Donald Humason is calling for a separate investigation into the department.

"The DCF workers, especially in this state, are overworked and have caseloads that are far too high. We want to find out why this happened and to make sure it doesn't happen again," said Humason.

Humason is just one of four senators who wrote a letter to State Auditor Suzanne Bump and Inspector General Glenn Cunha asking for the investigation to be conducted.

"We want to start from the very base of what happened in the case of Jeremiah Oliver. There are still so many questions we don't know the answer to," said Humason.

To find those answers, Humason said he wants all aspects covered.

"Everything from cases, to social workers, to whether the CMR are appropriate for the agency," explained Humason. 

Humason continued to say he understands the DCF is working hard to make sure children in their care are safe, but after what happened to Jeremiah, he said the investigation is necessary.

"The ultimate goal is to resolve these problems so they don't occur," said Humason. 

State Auditor Bump and Inspector General Cunha have not yet responded to the letter proposed by Humason and his colleagues.

Elsa Oliver was held on $100,000 bail. Alberto Sierra was held without the right to bail.

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