AUGUSTA — On Friday, July 9, Sen. Chip Curry, D-Belfast, submitted a request for the Government Oversight Committee to investigate the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Child and Family Services and Child Protective Services.

His request follows the death June 20 of Maddox Williams, 3, of Stockton Springs. His mother, Jessica Trefethen, aka Jessica Williams, is charged with depraved indifference murder in the case.

“The death of a child is always tragic, especially when it could have been prevented, like that of Maddox Williams of Stockton Springs,” Curry said in a July 9 press release from the Senate Majority Office. “The death of Maddox Williams is both heartbreaking and appalling. Tragically, several children in Maine died just last month. The Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Child and Family Services and Child Protective Services has failed these children. Our Legislature needs to determine how to better support these families and save lives.”

Maddox’s death came less than three years after the beating death of Marissa Kennedy, also of Stockton Springs, at the hands of her mother and stepfather, who died in her family home after 25 reports from school employees, neighbors, and medical professionals with concerns for her well-being.

In his letter to the Joint Standing Committee on Government Oversight requesting the investigation, Curry said he was writing on the behalf of Maddox Williams, Kendall Chick, Marissa Kennedy, “and unfortunately, too many other children who lost their lives here in Maine. … As we know, two children from Stockton Springs tragically lost their lives due to familial abuse and four other Maine children died just last month.”

 

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