A state investigative report faults Connecticut's child welfare office for missing the warning signs surrounding the family of a 2-year-old Plymouth girl who died from a drug overdose in 2014.
A 34-page report issued Tuesday by Child Advocate Sarah Eagan faults Department of Children and Families for assigning a "lower risk" to Londyn Sack's family, despite her mother's history of drug abuse, erratic behavior and pattern of child welfare neglect complaints.
DCF said it has since improved its risk assessment processes. Eagan, however, is questioning whether enough is being done.
The Office of Chief Medical Examiner determined Londyn died from an overdose of suboxone, a drug used to treat opioid addiction.
The girl's mother, Rebekah Robinson, has pleaded not guilty charges of manslaughter and risk of injury to a minor.
State Senate Minority Leader Len Fasano (R-North Haven) called for Department of Children and Families Commissioner Joette Katz to resign after the release of this report.
“The state has culpability in Londyn’s death as well as many others. These unnecessary child deaths are a direct result of the misguided and dangerous policies implemented by Commissioner Katz. Her stubborn insistence on keeping kids in unsafe homes in order to show fewer out of home placements, her promotion of a ‘low risk’ diversion program which keeps kids off DCF rolls but leaves them unprotected, and her failure to implement sufficient risk assessment and quality assurance programs, which advocates have been crying for, are resulting in serious harm and even death for too many Connecticut children," Fasano said in a statement on Tuesday.
Fasano is proposing legislation to "improve the system for the most at risk children." He said the following bills were rejected by Katz.
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