Report: Connecticut autistic teen's malnutrition death was preventable

HARTFORD — An investigation has found that the death of an autistic Connecticut teenager from malnutrition was preventable and there were problems with the state child welfare agency.

The state Child Advocate's Office released a report Tuesday on the February death of 17-year-old Matthew Tirado, of Hartford. When he died, the 5-foot-9-inch-tall Matthew weighed less than 90 pounds.

Police charged Matthew's mother with manslaughter and cruelty to persons.

The child advocate's report says the state Department of Children and Families closed a neglect case involving Matthew Tirado a month before his death, after his mother refused for months to let a DCF worker see him.

DCF Commissioner Joette Katz says her agency lacked authority to force his mother to allow access to the boy.

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