Orphanage report: Investigators say authorities failed to pursue abuse claims


December 14, 2020

By Dom Amato

No evidence of murder but an acknowledgment of abuse: Those are the main findings of a more than two-year investigation into claims at a former orphanage in Burlington. Our Dom Amato explains how the state came up with the findings.

The old building on North Ave. is now part of a new housing complex, but it was once the St. Joseph’s Orphanage.

Attorney General T.J. Donovan says the state investigation uncovered evidence of abuse over several decades, and blames police and prosecutors for failing to investigate the allegations when they were first made.

Now, the orphans who once lived there are calling for more to be done to support them.

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