Child Fatality Reports: Erie County

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About These Reports

Child deaths in New York State that allegedly resulted from abuse or maltreatment are reported to the Statewide Central Register (SCR) of Child Abuse and Maltreatment and investigated by the local department of social services (LDSS). By law, certain reports are investigated in coordination with law enforcement.

The New York State Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS) is required by statute to conduct a review of each fatality investigation and issue a summary report within six months of the local investigation. OCFS reviews a family’s history three years before the fatality, including ongoing and prior and current child protective investigations and services a child or family may been receiving prior to the fatality. If OCFS determines that there were lapses in adhering to state regulation or policy, OCFS issues findings and monitors the implementation of the corrective action plan required of the LDSS. OCFS also reviews and issues fatality reports for children who die while in foster care, or while they are receiving preventive services, regardless of abuse or neglect allegations.

OCFS posts fatality reports (names and identifying information is withheld on all reports) when it is determined that disclosure would not harm the child’s surviving siblings or other children in the household. The OCFS Commissioner considers whether publishing a fatality report is contrary to the best interests of a child’s siblings or other children in the household, what effects publication may have on the privacy of children and family, and any potentially detrimental effects publication may have on reuniting and providing services to a family. This process is referred to as a “best interest determination” and is conducted by OCFS and, in certain instances, with the assistance of experts serving on the OCFS Statewide Child Fatality Review Team. This team is comprised of state and local professionals working together to research the causes of preventable child deaths and develops strategies to prevent them. OCFS also certifies 18 regional and local child fatality review teams.

The reports posted here are not the actual investigations conducted by the local departments of social services; they are OCFS’s review of the actual investigation and meet the standards for public release.

See the OCFS Prevention and Child Safety pages for information on keeping children safe.

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Child Fatality Reports: Erie County

Links Date Released
BU-21-020 Word | BU-21-020 PDF - Dec 14, 2021
BU-21-017 Word | BU-21-017 PDF - Nov 24, 2021
BU-21-018 Word | BU-21-018 PDF - Nov 5, 2021
BU-21-015 Word | BU-21-015 PDF - Oct 25, 2021
BU-21-014 Word | BU-21-014 PDF - Oct 22, 2021
BU-21-012 Word | BU-21-012 PDF - Oct 4, 2021
BU-21-013 Word | BU-21-013 PDF - Sep 29, 2021
BU-21-009 Word | BU-21-009 PDF - Sep 3, 2021
BU-21-008 Word | BU-21-008 PDF - Sep 3, 2021
BU-21-007 Word | BU-21-007 PDF - Aug 20, 2021
BU-21-004 Word | BU-21-004 PDF - Aug 10, 2021
BU-21-003 Word | BU-21-003 PDF - Jul 23, 2021
BU-21-005 Word | BU-21-005 PDF - Jul 9, 2021
BU-20-034 Word | BU-20-034 PDF - Jun 11, 2021
BU-20-033 Word | BU-20-033 PDF - May 18, 2021
BU-20-032 Word | BU-20-032 PDF - May 11, 2021
BU-20-031 Word | BU-20-031 PDF - Mar 12, 2021
BU-20-025 Word | BU-20-025 PDF - Mar 5, 2021
BU-20-027 Word | BU-20-027 PDF - Feb 25, 2021
BU-20-026 Word | BU-20-026 PDF - Feb 25, 2021
BU-20-024 Word | BU-20-024 PDF - Feb 24, 2021
BU-20-023 Word | BU-20-023 PDF - Feb 18, 2021
BU-20-021 Word | BU-20-021 PDF - Feb 11, 2021
BU-20-017 Word | BU-20-017 PDF - Jan 14, 2021