• Jeremiah Oliver's father in court for custody of children


    FITCHBURG, Mass. (MyFoxBoston.com) -- Less than two weeks after he was charged with trying to sell 30 bags of heroin, 23 year old Jose Oliver of New Britain , Connecticut returned to the Fitchburg Courthouse to ask for legal custody of his children.

    Oliver calls his recent drug arrest a mistake.

    "I mean I was a desperate father, so much confusion in my head, so much emotion. I did a mistake and I'm human," he said. "Don't judge me for my mistakes."

    Two of Oliver's children are in state custody for their own protection. The youngest Jeremiah has been missing since mid-September. Authorities didn't find out about Jeremiah's disappearance until last month. According to authorities, Jeremiah's mother Elsa and her boyfriend Alberto Sierra refuse to say what happened to the boy.

    "Every day goes by and I don't know where my kid is and nobody is saying anything. What can I, how can I feel? I mean my emotions is up and down," Oliver said.

    Jeremiah and his siblings were supposed to be monitored by the State Department of Children and Families but the social worker assigned to family stopped visiting. Three DCF employees have been fired, and another suspended in the wake of the disappearance of Jeremiah.

    Under mounting pressure Governor Deval Patrick has decided that the organization needs an independent review.

    Jeremiah's disappearance may have never come to light if it wasn't for his 7 year old sister who bravely told counselors at her elementary school about trouble at home, including abuse at the hands of Sierra.

    Fitchburg School Superintendent Andre Ravenell says the school system is now renewing its efforts to identify and help children in need.

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