Twenty-four state representatives are calling on Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick to ask for the immediate resignation of the commissioner of the embattled Department of Children and Families, reports the Boston Globe. In a letter released Thursday night, the 16 Republican and eight Democratic lawmakers said Patrick should ask for Olga I. Roche's resignation because her agency has not worked to fix problems.
“The department has repeatedly failed to protect children under their custody,” the letter read. Earlier in the week, Patrick stood by Roche, saying she was “doing her best.” DCF has been under scrutiny since December, when the state agency acknowledged it had failed to properly keep tabs on a 5-year-old boy who has been missing since September and is feared dead. Several DCF workers were fired after the revelations. DCF was also criticized after a 9-year-boy was shot and killed, allegedly by his brother, on Feb. 7. DCF workers had repeatedly visited that family.