Waltham Woman Suing DCF Over Toddler's Death

The lawsuit alleges the DCF ignored warnings about the child's mother.

Kaydn Hancock  (Credit: 7News)
Kaydn Hancock (Credit: 7News)

A Waltham woman is suing the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families alleging the state failed to protect her great-nephew from abuse by his mother.

Andrea Rizzitano of Waltham, in a federal lawsuit, claims the DCF failed to protect her toddler great-nephew from his Acton mother, according to 7News. The mother, Christina Hancock, pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter of the child, Kaydn, in 2010.

"[DCF's] mission should be to protect children. It isn't. DCF is a political organization and they cater to the rights of biological parents even when they are abusing and killing their children," Rizzitano told 7News.

Rizzatano told 7News the DCF repeatedly ignored warnings of Hancock's alleged abuse and negligence of her child. However, DCF ignored the warnings, Rizzitano said.

A federal judge is considering whether to dismiss the lawsuit, according to 7News. 

Gov. Deval Patrick told the Boston Herald he is considering an independent probe of DCF. The lawsuit comes in the wake the DCF mishandling the case of Jeremiah Oliver. Oliver, from Fitchburg, disappeared last year and was never located. 

SM Humphreys January 14, 2014 at 08:21 AM
With all due respect, why couldn't Ms. Rizzitano do something to help the child? It is sad that DCF was involved, but when you see nothing is being done, step in and step up.
S Christiansen January 14, 2014 at 01:14 PM
With all due respect, why couldn't you verify your facts before making such an ignorant comment? I know Ms. Rizzitano and she was involved on a daily basis with providing emotional care, diapers, food, medicine, physical care, transportation, etc, etc for the children in the mother's care. The mother had significant support from many people - nothing made a difference when you want to abuse/neglect your children. DCF failed after being repeatedly warned about the mother. That baby would still be alive if DCF had pulled their head out of their a**.
SM Humphreys January 15, 2014 at 10:59 AM
"nothing made a difference when you want to abuse/neglect your children" Then why should DCF be held accountable? Is there a reason Ms. Rizzitano didn't take physical custody of the child? I am commenting on the facts that were in the story, which does not mention any of the things that S Christiansen mentions.
Ryan Grannan-Doll January 15, 2014 at 11:40 AM
@SM, You don't just "take custody" of another person. You have to go through a legal process.
SM Humphreys January 15, 2014 at 01:12 PM
I understand that Ryan. I am sure there is more to the story.


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