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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-15-067 Word | NY-15-067 PDF - Mar 25, 2016 NYC Regional Office Queens County
NY-15-070 Word | NY-15-070 PDF - Mar 25, 2016 NYC Regional Office Kings County
NY-15-063 Word | NY-15-063 PDF - Mar 25, 2016 NYC Regional Office Queens County
NY-15-062 Word | NY-15-062 PDF - Mar 25, 2016 NYC Regional Office Kings County
NY-15-079 Word | NY-15-079 PDF - Mar 25, 2016 NYC Regional Office New York County
AL-15-016 Word | AL-15-016 PDF - Mar 24, 2016 Albany Regional Office Albany County
RO-15-030 Word | RO-15-030 PDF - Mar 23, 2016 Rochester Regional Office Monroe County
RO-15-021 Word | RO-15-021 PDF - Mar 18, 2016 Rochester Regional Office Chemung County
SV-15-025 Word | SV-15-025 PDF - Mar 11, 2016 Westchester Regional Office Dutchess County
SV-15-037 Word | SV-15-037 PDF - Mar 10, 2016 Westchester Regional Office Rockland County
SV-15-035 Word | SV-15-035 PDF - Mar 10, 2016 Westchester Regional Office Suffolk County
BU-15-015 Word | BU-15-015 PDF - Mar 9, 2016 Buffalo Regional Office Cattaraugus County
SV-15-043 Word | SV-15-043 PDF - Mar 8, 2016 Westchester Regional Office Suffolk County
SV-15-020 Word | SV-15-020 PDF - Mar 8, 2016 Westchester Regional Office Nassau County
AL-15-015 Word | AL-15-015 PDF - Mar 3, 2016 Albany Regional Office Clinton County
BU-15-005 Word | BU-15-005 PDF - Mar 3, 2016 Buffalo Regional Office Erie County
RO-15-029 Word | RO-15-029 PDF - Mar 2, 2016 Rochester Regional Office Monroe County
RO-15-028 Word | RO-15-028 PDF - Mar 2, 2016 Rochester Regional Office Monroe County
RO-15-026 Word | RO-15-026 PDF - Mar 2, 2016 Rochester Regional Office Monroe County
SY-15-025 Word | SY-15-025 PDF - Mar 1, 2016 Syracuse Regional Office Saint Lawrence County
SY-15-024 Word | SY-15-024 PDF - Mar 1, 2016 Syracuse Regional Office Broome County
SV-15-034 Word | SV-15-034 PDF - Mar 1, 2016 Westchester Regional Office Dutchess County
SY-15-026 Word | SY-15-026 PDF - Feb 25, 2016 Syracuse Regional Office Onondaga County
BU-15-012 Word | BU-15-012 PDF - Feb 24, 2016 Buffalo Regional Office Erie County
BU-15-006 Word | BU-15-006 PDF - Feb 24, 2016 Buffalo Regional Office Erie County
RO-15-023 Word | RO-15-023 PDF - Feb 23, 2016 Rochester Regional Office Monroe County
SY-15-020 Word | SY-15-020 PDF - Feb 22, 2016 Syracuse Regional Office Onondaga County
BU-15-009 Word | BU-15-009 PDF - Feb 19, 2016 Buffalo Regional Office Erie County
SV-15-026 Word | SV-15-026 PDF - Feb 18, 2016 Westchester Regional Office Suffolk County
NY-15-077 Word | NY-15-077 PDF - Feb 18, 2016 NYC Regional Office Richmond County
NY-15-066 Word | NY-15-066 PDF - Feb 18, 2016 NYC Regional Office Bronx County
SY-15-034 Word | SY-15-034 PDF - Feb 18, 2016 Syracuse Regional Office Oswego County
SY-15-023 Word | SY-15-023 PDF - Feb 17, 2016 Syracuse Regional Office Jefferson County
RO-15-025 Word | RO-15-025 PDF - Feb 17, 2016 Rochester Regional Office Monroe County
BU-15-004 Word | BU-15-004 PDF - Feb 12, 2016 Buffalo Regional Office Erie County
RO-15-024 Word | RO-15-024 PDF - Feb 12, 2016 Rochester Regional Office Monroe County
RO-15-016 Word | RO-15-016 PDF - Feb 12, 2016 Rochester Regional Office Monroe County
SY-15-028 Word | SY-15-028 PDF - Feb 11, 2016 Syracuse Regional Office Jefferson County
SY-15-032 Word | SY-15-032 PDF - Feb 11, 2016 Syracuse Regional Office Herkimer County
NY-15-076 Word | NY-15-076 PDF - Feb 10, 2016 NYC Regional Office Bronx County
NY-15-061 Word | NY-15-061 PDF - Feb 9, 2016 NYC Regional Office Bronx County
SY-15-013 Word | SY-15-013 PDF - Feb 8, 2016 Syracuse Regional Office Oneida County
SY-15-017 Word | SY-15-017 PDF - Feb 8, 2016 Syracuse Regional Office Oneida County
SV-15-024 Word | SV-15-024 PDF - Feb 5, 2016 Westchester Regional Office Suffolk County
SV-15-019 Word | SV-15-019 PDF - Feb 5, 2016 Westchester Regional Office Suffolk County
BU-15-008 Word | BU-15-008 PDF - Feb 5, 2016 Buffalo Regional Office Erie County
SY-15-006 Word | SY-15-006 PDF - Feb 5, 2016 Syracuse Regional Office Onondaga County
SY-15-015 Word | SY-15-015 PDF - Feb 5, 2016 Syracuse Regional Office Herkimer County
SY-15-019 Word | SY-15-019 PDF - Feb 5, 2016 Syracuse Regional Office Jefferson County
SY-15-010 Word | SY-15-010 PDF - Jan 29, 2016 Syracuse Regional Office Onondaga County