The death of a 3-year-old Nashua girl by her own mother prompted some lawmakers to call state authorities for new legislation to ensure children’s safety.
Katlyn Marin, 25, allegedly assaulted her little daughter, Brielle Gage, many times on November 24 and 25. The little girl was taken to a hospital after a 911 call was made by someone from the family’s home in Nashua, N. H. the girl died shortly after being rushed to hospital on November 25. Autopsy report says that the little girl died of blunt force injuries.
Marin was arraigned in court via video link on Monday this week on second-degree murder charges.
Sen. David Boutin (R-Hooksett) said, “It’s a tragedy, and it pulls at the heartstrings of all of us because that’s who we care about. We care about the most vulnerable in our society, and it’s our children.”
Hinting about the need for a change in existing laws, DCYF newly appointed director Lorraine Bartlett said if the department wasn’t able to show through evidence that a child had been harmed, the case got dismissed. The department no longer had any role to make sure the continued safety of abused children.
Bartlett added that out of around 1,100 cases, more than half (60 per cent) involve court intervention and encourage home placement.
Late Wednesday, Gov. Maggie Hassan’s office said in a statement that the office was regularly in contact with DCYF to keep abreast on issues critical to the safety of children and to address any issues.