MONTPELIER (AP) - A special legislative committee seeking solutions to a child protection crisis in Vermont is hearing from a number of key players, including the heads of the child welfare department, the state police, key police chiefs and prosecutors.

DCF Commissioner David Yacavone and Colonel Tom L'Esperance, director of the Vermont State Police, are scheduled to speak to lawmakers Wednesday during the daylong hearing at the State House on protecting children from abuse and neglect.

The panel will also hear from chiefs of police departments in Burlington, Winooski and Rutland and state's attorneys from Rutland, Chittenden and Franklin counties.

The legislative panel was formed after the death of two toddlers in separate incidences.

The hearing starts at 10 a.m. in Room 11 of the State House.


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