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    Parents Want Change After River Sweeps Young Boy Away

    The parents of 5-year-old Valerio McFarland, who was swept away by Maine's Androscoggin River, are calling on the city of Auburn to add safety measures and prevent future tragedies.

    (Published Wednesday, May 2, 2018)

    The mother of a 5-year-old boy who drowned in the Androscoggin River last month says the state isn't doing enough to find her son's body.

    Valerio McFarland fell into the river April 24. His older brother, who jumped in to try to save him, remains hospitalized.

    Helena Gagliano-McFarland said Saturday that her son doesn't deserve to be left in the river like a piece of trash. She says Republican Gov. Paul LePage's office has ignored her, and she wants the Maine Warden Service to seek help from the National Guard.

    A spokeswoman for LePage said the governor's office has responded to the family. A warden service spokesman did not immediately respond to a request for comment Saturday.

    The family has been working with a nonprofit search and rescue organization.

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