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DCF workers threatened after toddler's death

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RUTLAND CITY, Vt. -

Rutland Police say two workers for the Department for Children and Families have been targeted, after the murder of 2-year-old Dezirae Sheldon. The DCF workers called police after someone threatened their safety.

Rutland City Police say this is an emotionally charged case that has people across the state outraged. But police warn whoever wrote the notes could face criminal charges.

"Any loss of life is tragic, a two-year-old is especially tragic," said Sgt. John Sly of the Rutland Police Dept.

Sly says the loss of any life is devastating, but the death of 2-year-old Dezirae Sheldon has shocked the community. The toddler's stepfather, Dennis Duby, was arrested for allegedly crushing Dezirae's skull and killing her.

On Monday, angry citizens rallied outside the Department for Children and Families in Rutland claiming DCF failed the little girl. But on Wednesday, police say the threats got personal.

"The first note that was reported to us again was very generic toward the Department for Children and Families and their case workers, basically accusing them of being responsible for the death of the two-year-old. And that they shall be held accountable for that death," said Sly.

Police say the threats were left on the cars of two DCF workers, one at a Rutland parking garage, and the other at a DCF worker's home.

Sly says the notes were very aggressive and intimidating. Enough so, that the workers had concerns for their own safety. Police say they've beefed up security around the victims' homes and workplace.

"It's also important to know that this is also a criminal law violation. This is not just simply a note telling someone that they are disliked; these notes are threatening harm, which is a violation of our state statute," Sly said.

Police say these notes are being actively investigated, and the department has obtained surveillance video from inside the parking garage where one note was left.

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