MONTPELIER (AP) - An investigation by the Vermont attorney general's office shows that a Department for Children and Families official was told in 2013 that Poultney toddler Dezirae Sheldon was abused by her stepfather, but that information was never given to the family's social worker or the child's court-appointed attorney before the child's death in February.

The stepfather, Dennis Duby, is charged with second-degree murder. He's pleaded not guilty.

The Burlington Free Press reports that Attorney General William Sorrell disclosed the information in a letter Wednesday to department Commissioner David Yacovone.

The newspaper obtained the letter and the police report through a public records request.

Sorrell's letter says Dezirae's mother accused Duby of breaking the child's legs in a request to Yacovone's Registry Review Unit.