Gov. LePage: Authorities ‘dropped the ball’ in abuse of girl
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Gov. Paul LePage on Wednesday called out police, school officials, child welfare workers and even lawmakers who “dropped the ball” in the case of a 10-year-old girl who police said was beaten to death by her mother and stepfather.
The Republican governor told WCSH-TV that the failure of anyone to intervene to stop the death of Marissa Kennedy was a “comedy of errors” and that “everybody messed this up.”
The Legislature’s Government Oversight Committee will determine by Friday whether to launch an investigation into the state’s child welfare agency.
Julio and Sharon Carrillo, of Stockton Springs, are charged with murder in the girl’s death. The Carrillos took turns beating the girl for several months and tried to make her death look like an accident, authorities said. She died on Feb. 25.
School officials said they reported suspected abuse to the state.
Child Welfare Services Ombudsman Christine Alberi previously found the Department of Health and Human Services failed to follow proper procedure in cases involving highly vulnerable children.
“The whole system is flawed,” the governor said. “We say we want to protect these kids but what we put in place isn’t adequate.”