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Mom in Mass. missing boy case ruled competent

FITCHBURG, Mass. (AP) - The mother of a missing 5-year-old Massachusetts boy who is feared dead was found competent to stand trial Friday on charges including reckless endangerment of a child.

Elsa Oliver and her boyfriend, Alberto Sierra, have both been charged in connection with the disappearance of her son, Jeremiah. Both have pleaded not guilty.

Jeremiah has not been seen by relatives since September but police learned of the disappearance only last month.

The case led to the firing of three workers in the Leominster office of the state Department of Children and Families for not properly checking on the family.

The court hearing was marred by an angry outburst by one of Jeremiah's uncles, who had to be forcibly removed from the courtroom. Sandrino Oliver shouted at Elsa Oliver, "Where's my nephew?"

The Fitchburg woman's attorney, James Reardon Jr., told reporters outside court that he's not certain his 28-year-old client is able to communicate with him.

Reardon also said he was willing to consider allowing Jeremiah's father, Jose Oliver of New Britain, Conn., to meet his estranged wife to ask her what happened to their son, The Boston Globe reported.

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