TRENTON — The manager of the state’s child abuse hotline was fired Monday, making her the first casualty in the scandal surrounding a mishandled hotline call about an 8-year-old Irvington girl found dead in her home nine days later. A spokeswoman for the commissioner of the state Department of Children and Families confirmed that Margarita Marriaga, the administrator of the statewide central registry, “was relieved from service’’ in connection with the May 13 call from an anonymous tipster.
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