- Associated Press - Thursday, April 2, 2015

RUTLAND, Vt. (AP) - Vermont’s Department for Children and Families has hired Jennifer Burkey to lead its office in Rutland, the fourth person to hold the job in less than a year in a district that’s come under scrutiny following the death of a 2-year-old girl.

Vermont Public Radio reports (https://bit.ly/1amt8eP) a department memo says Burkey has spent the last 10 years in upstate New York directing Washington County’s Head Start program and the county’s Home and Family Services Programs.

In the case of Dezirae Sheldon, the child had been under the supervision of DCF caseworkers in Rutland when the toddler died last year. Her stepfather has pleaded not guilty to a murder charge. Investigations into DCF’s handling of the case indicated multiple communication breakdowns and missteps.

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Information from: WVPS-FM, https://www.vpr.net

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