Mom: DCF mix-up lands child in care of stranger

FALL RIVER, Mass. (WPRI) — The mother of a Fall River student said she is furious with the Massachusetts Department of Child and Family Services. She said a DCF worker mistakenly signed out her 8-year-old son from school on Friday.

According to Melissa Gauthier, a social worker was able to sign out a student from the office of William S. Green Elementary, then take her son, Makya, by the arm out the front door before realizing she had the wrong child.

Gauthier explained to a Boston TV news station that her son was told by the social worker she was there to take him to see his parents.

Aside from the mix-up, there was no reported harm and Makya was picked up and taken home by his father moments later.

But, for a mother, this is a mistake that could have had terrible consequences.

“I’m furious because God forbid that wasn’t a DCF worker.  It’s scary for me, let alone my 8-year-old song who’s asking himself what happened to my Mom and Dad as he’s being taken out by his arm by a stranger. “

DCF reportedly told Gauthier they will investigate what happened.

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