How Did DCF Not Know About Hardwick Dad Who Starved, Abused 7 Year Old Into A Coma?

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I don’t really travel west of Worcester unless I’m getting on the Mass Pike. No good can come of that. There’s so many crapbag towns out there – Warren, Ware, Spencer – and they’re all a pain in the ass to get to. But Hardwick is actually one of the towns I like to visit the most. It’s boundaries are basically formed by the Quabbin Reservoir, and it’s beautiful out there. There’s no traffic, and everyone seems pleasant.

But looks can be deceiving, because as the Blackstone house of horrors story from last year showed us, there are assholes amongst us everywhere:

The father of a 7-year-old boy who is suffering from starvation and dehydration, is being held without bail until Friday after the child, weighing only 38 pounds, was brought to the hospital unconscious and suffering from his condition and serious injuries.

Randall E, Lints, 26, of 16 Bridge St., in the Gilbertvillle section of Hardwick, will be the subject of a hearing on Friday to determine whether he is too dangerous to be released as he awaits trial on charges of assault and battery on a child with substantial injury, permitting substantial injury to a child, reckless endangerment of a child and permitting injury to a child.

He was arraigned Wednesday in Western Worcester District Court. A plea of not guilty was entered on his behalf.

He was arrested Tuesday night, a week after his son was taken by an advanced life support ambulance to Baystate Mary Lane Hospital in Ware.

According to court documents, doctors found the child was suffering from “starvation and dehydration” and had become unresponsive as a result. A state police report indicates the boy’s injuries are “life threatening.”

A police report states that the little boy also had suffered bruises to his forehead and jaw, which Mr. Lints allegedly said were caused by a fall from the child’s bed, something doctors determined wouldn’t have caused such injuries. The boy also had what are believed to be bleach burns on his hands and knees.

The police report indicates that the child was rarely out of his father’s sight and that there is a history of Mr. Lints limiting “consumption of food and liquids” which is an issue that had been addressed by a therapist in May.

The police report states a doctor reported in a patient assessment that the child was, “in his room for days against a background of behavioral complaints . . . apparent starvation and dehydration creates grave concern for inflicted injury.”

The report also indicates that Mr. Lints is a strict disciplinarian who had been “forcing (the child) to continuously wash the floors,” which contributed to the child’s injuries.

State Trooper Douglas P. Grout wrote in a statement of facts that as of Tuesday night, the child was “in a coma and unresponsive” with some healing of the injuries to his hands and knees.

Hardwick Police Lt. Kevin Landine said police are working with the state Department of Children and Families in the case.


What a fucking asshole. How can anyone do that to ANY child, never mind your own flesh and blood? This kid was being raised in a Goddamn concentration camp. Fuck this guy and his fake ass beard and his wannabe hardo tattoo. You’re a real big man Randall. I mean, you put your 7 year old kid in coma, so you really earned your badass merit badge didn’t you? There’s a lot of guys in the clink who became criminals after being the victims of abuse as children. I say toss this asshole into a cell with them for an hour and let nature take it’s course. One less asshole.

But the thing about people like Randall is, they’re always gonna be here. As disgusting and repugnant as they are, there’s nothing you can do to stop it. He’s pure evil. My question is, where the fuck was DCF? Why do they even exist? I understand that social workers are overworked and all that stuff, but how the fuck did they miss this one? The kid weighs 38 pounds and he’s seven years old. He’s covered in bruises. He’s being raised by a guy with a rap sheet a mile long. And NO ONE thought it would be wise to do some house check ins?

Because I guarantee you one thing – his teachers and school said something to them. They had to have. If he’s 7 that means he just finished first grade. There’s no way a first grade teacher wouldn’t notice a student who comes to school every day hungry and dehydrated. It would affect his ability to learn and his classroom relationships. Schools are more on guard about this stuff and vigilant than ever before.

More than likely DCF will just end up firing whoever is in charge. Because that’s what they always do. Then the next one will be an asshole too. I just hope Charlie Baker can come in there and completely restructure that whole organization, because right now there’s really no reason for it to even exist.

Stories like this make me feel especially bad for parents who can’t conceive. There’s a lot of people out there who don’t have the luxury that this dipshit had. They want nothing more than to conceive a child that they can shower with love and raise as their own. Every time they see a story like this it must kill them. Fuck this guy and everything he stands for.

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17 Comment(s)
  • Godhelpus
    December 16, 2017 at 12:13 am

    Sentencing was today. With the plea deal and credit for time served, he should be out in a year/year and a half.

    Oh, but no worries, he’s been ordered upon release to “abide by any DCF service plans,” because obviously he should be allowed to be around children again, since everyone did such a great job while “The family was being monitored by the state Department of Children and Families because of concerns that Mr. Lints was withholding food and water from his son to manage his behavior, according to court records.”

  • Fitchburg-Shuffle
    July 23, 2015 at 6:44 pm

    As always, stupid people should not breed

  • Onyx
    July 22, 2015 at 10:37 pm

    I can not even begin to express the anger and disgust I feel after hearing this story. Good God for whatever reason the childs mother isn’t in the picture,and custody was given to dad…what the hell was going on that Randall was the lesser of the two evils regarding custody. I am willing to venture a bet that the parental situation has quite a bit to do with seeing a therapist daily and behavioral issues. Oh and the mention of Jack having medical problems that do not stem from the torture at the hands of his father is a really hard pill to swallow, the kid is 7 and 38 lbs. Let’s be honest if good ol father of the year Randy went to Doctors and therapist’s seeking help as has been mentioned, and he did not receive help or was turned away. Then shame on Randy again for not kicking down the door at hospitals, police stations and dcf until someone helped him. It’s your kid you Never Give Up . So I still find it hard to put a shine on thispiece of shit that calls himself a father. Further, I want to see this live-in girlfriend arrested as being a party to this situation, and any children in that home removed on an emergency order by dcf. Why this was not reported or attended to by any of these mandated reporters is beyond me and is disgusting in its own right. It is my hope that this poor excuse for a human, is not held in protectivery custody in jail tonight, and that movie screens broadcast the reason for his arrest every hour, so everyone knows, and then allow nature to run its course. Then big bad ass daddy Randall with know first hand about burns on his hands and knees…

    • Lisa
      November 5, 2016 at 11:21 pm

      I know these are very old posts. But for some reason I was thinking about this poor boy tonight. I have no clue where his biological mother was but I did work with hos “step mom” who lived in the same house with her children as well. I don’t know how much of her stories were true as I blocked most of them our. ( I was not there for friends can’t choose who you work with) BUT As a mother herself not to this boy bit to her own WHERE THE FUCK WAS SHE????? As a mother myself I don’t care who’s children it is I would ABSOLUTELY hurt ANYONE that was hurting an innocent child no matter what the reason was. I know for a fact she knew what was going on in the home. So why is she free???? She should be locked up as well!!!!!!!!!

      • Lisa
        November 5, 2016 at 11:31 pm

        Sorry for all the misspelling I’m just angry and autocorrect sucks lol

  • Just L
    July 22, 2015 at 10:00 pm

    Never worked for DCF in MA, but I did for 2 other states and worked in rural, urban, and mixed environments. Does CPS always get it right? Absolutely not. Do cases fall through the cracks? Yup. Are some workers to blame for being negligent? Without a doubt. Is admin responsible for some of that? Yes. But, CPS is essentially defenseless to the media when stories like this come up because ethics and confidentiality guidelines say the agency can’t even confirm that they know a child, much less what they have investigated and found. They can’t say if they tried to intervene or what might have prevented said intervention. I don’t know if this child came to the attention of DCF, and I don’t know what they found if the child was involved. Sadly, there are people who are mandated reporters who choose not to report for any number of reasons. In both urban and rural areas, there are people who present as surprised when they are told of CPS and a hotline. Others feel that they should help the family circle the wagons and not make it worse by calling CPS. I agree with the question of how the hell this kid didn’t come to someone’s attention. Just trying to point out that there are sometimes no simple answers and those who are maligned might not be as evil as thought.

  • FYI
    July 22, 2015 at 8:21 pm

    DCF was already involved with this family due to SO many 51As being filed, so don’t blame the school or therapists, DCF dropped the ball.

  • bliza
    July 22, 2015 at 6:41 pm

    Jack had therapist see him everyday. If there was something wrong they should have reported or taken him out of the home. Don’t sit here and blame family cause if we thought or knew something was going on we ourselves would have taken Jack out of there. His grandmother took Jack out on June 13th and there was nothing wrong with him When feed he did not pig out.. if u was staving wouldn’t u eat everything??? I hate reporters cause they make a story and over do it to make it seem more then what it isn’t. Jack has a medical issues and no where here does it say that. Nor does it say that the father was asking help from doctors, therapist and counselor due to jack illness. NO ONE wanted to help him so he did the best he could. ..if u read other reports they all do not say the same thing one min Jack 38 lbs another he 40 lbs..How was it that the therapist didn’t notice that he was losing weight. How is it that they didnt report anything. They should all be jailed also if all this is true.. I have that picture that dates June 13th and he is not skinny nor showed any signs of starving or bruising..I would post it here but I dont know how. You all are going to believe what u want only cause of what u read. Reporters need to get the whole story before publishing one that they do not have all the facts. IF HE WAS BEING ABUSING….why was he left there??? that’s a questions everyone should be asking….Jack seen dr’s all the time.WHY????? didn’t the doctors report anything… go ahead n curse the father, wish him harm and whatever..u still dont know the whole story and the truth and u never will cause the reporters are going to only put on here bad things… Go ahead n bash me too while ur at it cause am defending him..doesnt matter to me I stated what I wanted to state and am done..maybe u guys should sit back and think before stating something u know nothing about.

    • bliza
      July 22, 2015 at 6:44 pm

      ohh and btw Randy does not have a rap sheet a mile long…do u home work before posting

      • oneopinion
        July 22, 2015 at 9:05 pm

        “ohh and btw” read about the weakness brought on by starvation and dehydration and potential death caused by replenishing too quickly and you might understand why you shouldn’t blame the victim for not “pigging out.”

    • oneopinion
      July 22, 2015 at 8:57 pm

      Not that any of your barely coherent ramblings justify what Randal and those who were complicit perpetrated on that innocent child justify what happened, I am interested to hear what you have to say about the bleach burns.

    • FYI
      July 22, 2015 at 9:17 pm

      “Jack had therapist see him everyday. If there was something wrong they should have reported or taken him out of the home.”
      Therapists and schools can ONLY report, which clearly they had. They do not have the authority to take children out of their homes, that responsibility falls on DCF. Seeing as you know so much about this family, you know that DCF was already involved.

    • Justin Kix
      July 23, 2015 at 5:28 am

      You’re full of bullshit that your teeth are floating. I have an 8 yo that’s pushing 80lbs. His friends are all roughly the same weight. A 7 yo weighing only 35-40 lbs would be receive all kinds of services for free. ..well at us taxpayers expense. This guy abused his kid. Where’s his mother?

    • Jill
      July 23, 2015 at 6:36 am

      Try as I may-I simply do not believe a word you say. Lets say for shits and giggles that he wasn’t starving this baby–is it really necessary for a SEVEN FUCKEN YEAR OLD to be bleach cleaning floors?? I think you are absolutely 110% full of shit with your post. If this BABY had a medical condition that caused these events to unfold then I can count 4 news outlets that can be responsible for slander, but its just not the truth. It’s assholes like this that make me wish I had the resources to be a foster parent. Additionally, your grammar is about as good as your families idea of child rearing.

    • Melissa Riley
      July 23, 2015 at 1:27 pm

      Don’t give me the ‘he did the best he could’ BULLSHIT. Starving and abusing your child and being a complete abusive asshole to any child is not ‘doing the best you can’.
      If the father couldn’t handle being a father, he could’ve dropped him off at any hospital, fire department, or church. End of. There is NEVER an excuse or reason to justify this. Don’t you dare spew the ‘did the best he could’ BULLSHIT.

  • dcb
    July 22, 2015 at 3:48 pm

    Hard not to believe someone in school didn’t notice. Mandatory reporters asleep on the wheel. Maybe some heads will roll at their elemantary school.

    • WA Nut
      July 22, 2015 at 4:16 pm

      “The police report indicates that the child was rarely out of his father’s sight and that there is a history of Mr. Lints limiting “consumption of food and liquids” which is an issue that had been addressed by a therapist in May.” – Therapists are mandated reporters. Did the therapist make a report that this was going on? If not, he/she should also be held accountable!

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