BOSTON (MyFoxBoston.com) -- The mother of a Boston teen facing charges in his younger brother's death sought help from the Department of Children and Families.
In a statement to FOX 25, the Department of Children and Families confirmed they were involved with the family at the mother's request. They said a variety of supportive services were provided and the department would continue to provide support to the family.
Family members told the Boston Herald the mother was scared of her son's behavior and she went to the DCF in tears, but they claim the department "never did anything."
"The Department offered out-of-home placement and advocated for custody, but was never granted full custody by the Court," read a DCF statement in-part. "The Department continued to provide in-home services for the family at the request of the mother."
The 14-year-old is accused of fatally shooting his brother, 9-year-old Jan Marcos Pena inside their Morton Street home on Friday morning.
A family member told FOX 25 the 9-year-old victim was home sick from school Friday. Why the 14-year-old was home remains unclear.
The mother of a student in Nunez's class at a day care center in Dorchester told FOX 25 Nunez was at work when the shooting occurred.
Police have not revealed how the teen got the gun and say they don't believe anyone at the home knew he had one until it was too late.
The teen was held on $50,000 cash bail following his arraignment Monday on charges of involuntary manslaughter and illegal possession of a firearm. He is due back in court on March 3.