Child’s death on Wisconsin dairy farm moves officials to action


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State and local officials in Wisconsin said they were horrified to learn of the conditions that led to the 2019 death of an 8-year-old Nicaraguan boy on a dairy farm, as well as the flawed police investigation that followed. Now they say they want to address some of the issues highlighted by a ProPublica investigation, published last month, into the death of Jefferson Rodríguez.

“What happened should never have happened,” said state Rep. Sylvia Ortiz-Vélez, a Milwaukee Democrat whose maternal family worked as migrant farm workers in Wisconsin in the 1960s.