Threats against child welfare workers rise after shooting

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The head of the Vermont Department of Children and Families says threats have increased against his staff since a state social worker was killed last month.

DCF Commissioner Ken Schatz told a legislative committee Friday that 17 threats have been made since Lara Sobel was shot outside a state office building in Barre on Aug. 7.

Forty-year-old Jody Herring of South Barre has been charged with killing Sobel and three of her relatives after she lost custody of her 9-year-old daughter. She’s pleaded not guilty.

Schatz says he asked for extra security at six state office buildings because of the threats and that law enforcement has responded to 15 of the threats.

The Times Argus reports that the state is reviewing security protocols for state workers following Sobel’s killing.

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