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Toddler's Death Leaves Unanswered Questions For State

Toby Talbot
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Secretary of the Agency of Human Services Doug Racine, pictured here in a file photo. AHS oversees the department of state government that investigates child abuse.

Rutland County is reeling from the death of Dezirae Sheldon, a two-year old in Poultney. Her step-father Dennis Duby faces murder charges, and some community members are outraged that the child wasn’t removed from the family’s custody sooner. 

On the next Vermont Edition, we talk with Doug Racine, secretary of the Agency of Human Services, who oversees the department of state of government that investigates child abuse allegations. We'll learn about the systems that are intended to discover and prevent situations like this, and we'll discuss whether the state will make changes to its protocols for handling child abuse allegations.

Also in the program, live music from the Beerworth Sisters. The folk duo share a passion for acoustic guitar and beautiful melodies. Their music is a mix of folk, country and classic rock with an earthy flare. We'll hear tracks from their debut album, Simple Things.

Broadcast live on Mon., March 10, 2014; rebroadcast at 7 p.m.

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