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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 funds 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 : All Regions

Links Date Released Regional Office County
NY-15-048 Word | NY-15-048 PDF - Dec 16, 2015 NYC Regional Office Richmond County
NY-15-040 Word | NY-15-040 PDF - Dec 16, 2015 NYC Regional Office Kings County
NY-15-052 Word | NY-15-052 PDF - Dec 16, 2015 NYC Regional Office Queens County
NY-15-044 Word | NY-15-044 PDF - Dec 16, 2015 NYC Regional Office Kings County
SV-15-036 Word | SV-15-036 PDF - Dec 15, 2015 Westchester Regional Office Suffolk County
SV-15-027 Word | SV-15-027 PDF - Dec 11, 2015 Westchester Regional Office Dutchess County
SV-15-009 Word | SV-15-009 PDF - Dec 11, 2015 Westchester Regional Office Orange County
NY-15-047 Word | NY-15-047 PDF - Dec 8, 2015 NYC Regional Office Kings County
RO-15-011 Word | RO-15-011 PDF - Dec 7, 2015 Rochester Regional Office Wayne County
SV-15-018 Word | SV-15-018 PDF - Dec 4, 2015 Westchester Regional Office Westchester County
SV-15-014 Word | SV-15-014 PDF - Dec 4, 2015 Westchester Regional Office Suffolk County
SV-15-005 Word | SV-15-005 PDF - Dec 3, 2015 Westchester Regional Office Sullivan County
RO-15-018 Word | RO-15-018 PDF - Dec 2, 2015 Rochester Regional Office Monroe County
RO-15-015 Word | RO-15-015 PDF - Dec 1, 2015 Rochester Regional Office Monroe County
SY-15-001 Word | SY-15-001 PDF - Nov 25, 2015 Syracuse Regional Office Onondaga County
SY-15-002 Word | SY-15-002 PDF - Nov 24, 2015 Syracuse Regional Office Broome County
RO-15-013 Word | RO-15-013 PDF - Nov 19, 2015 Rochester Regional Office Monroe County
BU-14-035 Word | BU-14-035 PDF - Nov 19, 2015 Buffalo Regional Office Erie County
NY-15-028 Word | NY-15-028 PDF - Nov 13, 2015 NYC Regional Office Kings County
NY-15-042 Word | NY-15-042 PDF - Nov 10, 2015 NYC Regional Office Bronx County
NY-15-051 Word | NY-15-051 PDF - Nov 9, 2015 NYC Regional Office New York County
AL-15-010 Word | AL-15-010 PDF - Nov 6, 2015 Albany Regional Office Clinton County
RO-15-012 Word | RO-15-012 PDF - Nov 2, 2015 Rochester Regional Office Monroe County
BU-15-001 Word | BU-15-001 PDF - Oct 29, 2015 Buffalo Regional Office Erie County
RO-15-014 Word | RO-15-014 PDF - Oct 29, 2015 Rochester Regional Office Monroe County
RO-15-002 Word | RO-15-002 PDF - Oct 29, 2015 Rochester Regional Office Chemung County
SV-15-021 Word | SV-15-021 PDF - Oct 29, 2015 Westchester Regional Office Suffolk County
SY-15-003 Word | SY-15-003 PDF - Oct 27, 2015 Syracuse Regional Office Onondaga County
NY-15-029 Word | NY-15-029 PDF - Oct 27, 2015 NYC Regional Office Queens County
AL-15-003 Word | AL-15-003 PDF - Oct 23, 2015 Albany Regional Office Albany County
AL-15-007 Word | AL-15-007 PDF - Oct 23, 2015 Albany Regional Office Schenectady County
SV-15-015 Word | SV-15-015 PDF - Oct 22, 2015 Westchester Regional Office Nassau County
SV-15-029 Word | SV-15-029 PDF - Oct 22, 2015 Westchester Regional Office Suffolk County
NY-15-041 Word | NY-15-041 PDF - Oct 20, 2015 NYC Regional Office New York County
NY-15-073 Word | NY-15-073 PDF - Oct 19, 2015 NYC Regional Office Queens County
NY-15-016 Word | NY-15-016 PDF - Oct 19, 2015 NYC Regional Office Richmond County
NY-15-026 Word | NY-15-026 PDF - Oct 7, 2015 NYC Regional Office Bronx County
SV-15-016 Word | SV-15-016 PDF - Oct 6, 2015 Westchester Regional Office Westchester County
SV-15-004 Word | SV-15-004 PDF - Oct 6, 2015 Westchester Regional Office Suffolk County
SY-14-030 Word | SY-14-030 PDF - Oct 1, 2015 Syracuse Regional Office Cayuga County
BU-14-033 Word | BU-14-033 PDF - Sep 24, 2015 Buffalo Regional Office Erie County
SY-14-039 Word | SY-14-039 PDF - Sep 24, 2015 Syracuse Regional Office Onondaga County
AL-15-009 Word | AL-15-009 PDF - Sep 23, 2015 Albany Regional Office Schenectady County
NY-15-022 Word | NY-15-022 PDF - Sep 21, 2015 NYC Regional Office New York County
NY-15-015 Word | NY-15-015 PDF - Sep 21, 2015 NYC Regional Office Kings County
AL-15-005 Word | AL-15-005 PDF - Sep 16, 2015 Albany Regional Office Fulton County
NY-15-021 Word | NY-15-021 PDF - Sep 15, 2015 NYC Regional Office Queens County
NY-15-024 Word | NY-15-024 PDF - Sep 14, 2015 NYC Regional Office New York County
RO-15-003 Word | RO-15-003 PDF - Sep 9, 2015 Rochester Regional Office Wayne County
SY-14-038 Word | SY-14-038 PDF - Sep 8, 2015 Syracuse Regional Office Onondaga County