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Police investigate threats against DCF workers

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RUTLAND, Vt. -

Rutland City Police continue to investigate a pair of threats made against child protection workers in the Dezirae Sheldon case.

The Poultney toddler was killed last week. Her stepfather was charged with the crime. Angry protesters rallied outside the Department for Children and Families in Rutland, claiming social workers did not do enough to protect the child from her abusive home life.

Earlier this week, police say someone left threatening notes on the cars of two DCF workers linked to the case. One vehicle was parked in a city garage and the other outside the employee's home.

Police say these actions are criminal. DCF has heightened security, but wouldn't elaborate on the details.

"Doesn't surprise me. It saddens me and we just tell our staff, it's part of the job. It's not the first time it's happened. It won't be the last," DCF Commissioner Dave Yacovone said.

Police say they've added patrols around the DCF building, parking garage and the victim's home. They're also sorting through surveillance video from the garage.

Meanwhile, DCF is internally reviewing its handling of the Sheldon case while a Citizens Advisory Board conducts an external investigation.

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