Attorney General Martha Coakley is defending Gov. Deval Patrick's decision not to fire the head of the state's embattled Department of Children and Families, following the disappearance of a little boy now feared dead.  Earlier in the week, Charlie Baker, the Republican running for Governor told reporters that Olga Roche, the commissioner should be removed from office.


The Democratic candidate for governor said Tuesday that Patrick is doing what he needs to do by first asking for an independent audit.


The department has been under scrutiny since social workers lost track of 5-year-old Jeremiah Oliver.


Republican candidate for governor Charlie Baker called Monday for the resignation of department Commissioner Olga Roche (roh-SHAY'), saying it's time for someone with a fresh set of eyes who can do a top-to-bottom review.