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Child Advocate Agency Raps Child Welfare Officials

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File photo of a jail cell. (credit: TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)

File photo of a jail cell. (credit: TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The state Office of Child Advocate has criticized state child welfare officials for their handling of a transgender girl held at a Connecticut detention center for boys.

The child advocate’s agency on Wednesday called the July 13 announcement by the Department of Children and Families of a fight the previous day involving her and four others that led to her being moved a psychiatric treatment center a “public shaming.”

It said DCF may have a conflict of interest as guardian for the girl identified publicly as Jane Doe and as a systems manager for juvenile services.

A spokesman for DCF did not immediately comment.

The 16-year-old girl, who was born a male and identifies as a female, was initially kept at an adult prison, which was criticized by her lawyer and civil liberties activists.

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