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Sometime on Tuesday, June 24, a 16-year-old transgender girl in DCF care finally left the adult women’s prison where she’d been kept for close to two months. “Jane Doe” has never been charged with a crime, and her detention provoked a national uproar. But her release isn’t nearly the end of the troubled agency’s woes.
Earlier in the month the Office of the Child Advocate released a statement saying they would be investigating nine of the 11 deaths of children under DCF care. DCF later said that six of those deaths, all of which have occurred since the beginning of 2014, involve allegations of maltreatment.
What is going on at DCF?
Frustratingly, that’s not always easy to know. The Office of the Child Advocate investigates cases of child deaths, but there are very few that are easily available on their website. A report about 2013 deaths is forthcoming, but it may be a while before we know anything else about what’s happened this year.