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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 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 : All Regions

Links Date Released Regional Office County
SV-16-029 Word | SV-16-029 PDF - Jan 23, 2017 Westchester Regional Office Ulster County
SV-16-025 Word | SV-16-025 PDF - Jan 23, 2017 Westchester Regional Office Westchester County
BU-16-019 Word | BU-16-019 PDF - Jan 20, 2017 Buffalo Regional Office Erie County
SY-16-028 Word | SY-16-028 PDF - Jan 19, 2017 Syracuse Regional Office Saint Lawrence County
SY-16-025 Word | SY-16-025 PDF - Jan 18, 2017 Syracuse Regional Office Saint Lawrence County
SV-16-037 Word | SV-16-037 PDF - Jan 12, 2017 Westchester Regional Office Rockland County
SY-16-030 Word | SY-16-030 PDF - Jan 9, 2017 Syracuse Regional Office Chenango County
AL-16-012 Word | AL-16-012 PDF - Jan 4, 2017 Albany Regional Office Fulton County
NY-16-075 Word | NY-16-075 PDF - Dec 30, 2016 NYC Regional Office New York County
NY-16-069 Word | NY-16-069 PDF - Dec 30, 2016 NYC Regional Office Queens County
SY-16-027 Word | SY-16-027 PDF - Dec 30, 2016 Syracuse Regional Office Saint Lawrence County
SY-16-031 Word | SY-16-031 PDF - Dec 30, 2016 Syracuse Regional Office Oneida County
NY-16-076 Word | NY-16-076 PDF - Dec 29, 2016 NYC Regional Office New York County
AL-16-003 Word | AL-16-003 PDF - Dec 28, 2016 Albany Regional Office Albany County
NY-16-073 Word | NY-16-073 PDF - Dec 27, 2016 NYC Regional Office Kings County
NY-16-072 Word | NY-16-072 PDF - Dec 27, 2016 NYC Regional Office Queens County
NY-16-070 Word | NY-16-070 PDF - Dec 27, 2016 NYC Regional Office New York County
NY-16-055 Word | NY-16-055 PDF - Dec 27, 2016 NYC Regional Office Richmond County
SV-16-013 Word | SV-16-013 PDF - Dec 23, 2016 Westchester Regional Office Orange County
SV-16-027 Word | SV-16-027 PDF - Dec 23, 2016 Westchester Regional Office Ulster County
SV-16-016 Word | SV-16-016 PDF - Dec 23, 2016 Westchester Regional Office Orange County
SV-16-015 Word | SV-16-015 PDF - Dec 23, 2016 Westchester Regional Office Orange County
BU-16-024 Word | BU-16-024 PDF - Dec 21, 2016 Buffalo Regional Office Chautauqua County
BU-16-021 Word | BU-16-021 PDF - Dec 21, 2016 Buffalo Regional Office Erie County
RO-16-018 Word | RO-16-018 PDF - Dec 20, 2016 Rochester Regional Office Chemung County
RO-16-007 Word | RO-16-007 PDF - Dec 20, 2016 Rochester Regional Office Wayne County
NY-16-064 Word | NY-16-064 PDF - Dec 19, 2016 NYC Regional Office Kings County
NY-16-066 Word | NY-16-066 PDF - Dec 19, 2016 NYC Regional Office Bronx County
NY-16-065 Word | NY-16-065 PDF - Dec 19, 2016 NYC Regional Office Bronx County
NY-16-057 Word | NY-16-057 PDF - Dec 19, 2016 NYC Regional Office Kings County
NY-16-061 Word | NY-16-061 PDF - Dec 16, 2016 NYC Regional Office Bronx County
NY-16-053 Word | NY-16-053 PDF - Dec 16, 2016 NYC Regional Office Kings County
NY-16-050 Word | NY-16-050 PDF - Dec 16, 2016 NYC Regional Office Bronx County
SV-16-019 Word | SV-16-019 PDF - Dec 16, 2016 Westchester Regional Office Nassau County
NY-16-047 Word | NY-16-047 PDF - Dec 16, 2016 NYC Regional Office New York County
NY-16-103 Word | NY-16-103 PDF - Dec 13, 2016 NYC Regional Office New York County
BU-16-010 Word | BU-16-010 PDF - Dec 13, 2016 Buffalo Regional Office Niagara County
BU-16-013 Word | BU-16-013 PDF - Dec 13, 2016 Buffalo Regional Office Erie County
BU-16-025 Word | BU-16-025 PDF - Dec 12, 2016 Buffalo Regional Office Niagara County
NY-16-062 Word | NY-16-062 PDF - Dec 9, 2016 NYC Regional Office New York County
NY-16-058 Word | NY-16-058 PDF - Dec 9, 2016 NYC Regional Office Kings County
NY-16-056 Word | NY-16-056 PDF - Dec 9, 2016 NYC Regional Office New York County
NY-16-048 Word | NY-16-048 PDF - Dec 9, 2016 NYC Regional Office Queens County
NY-16-046 Word | NY-16-046 PDF - Dec 9, 2016 NYC Regional Office Kings County
NY-16-041 Word | NY-16-041 PDF - Dec 9, 2016 NYC Regional Office Kings County
NY-16-045 Word | NY-16-045 PDF - Dec 9, 2016 NYC Regional Office Bronx County
SY-16-018 Word | SY-16-018 PDF - Dec 9, 2016 Syracuse Regional Office Madison County
SY-16-019 Word | SY-16-019 PDF - Dec 8, 2016 Syracuse Regional Office Broome County
SY-16-021 Word | SY-16-021 PDF - Dec 7, 2016 Syracuse Regional Office Broome County
BU-16-008 Word | BU-16-008 PDF - Dec 5, 2016 Buffalo Regional Office Niagara County