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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-14-093 Word | NY-14-093 PDF - Feb 4, 2015 NYC Regional Office Bronx County
RO-14-009 Word | RO-14-009 PDF - Jan 30, 2015 Rochester Regional Office Monroe County
RO-14-012 Word | RO-14-012 PDF - Jan 26, 2015 Rochester Regional Office Chemung County
SP-13-039 Word | SP-13-039 PDF - Jan 26, 2015 Albany Regional Office Dutchess County
RO-14-010 Word | RO-14-010 PDF - Jan 20, 2015 Rochester Regional Office Monroe County
NY-14-085 Word | NY-14-085 PDF - Jan 20, 2015 NYC Regional Office Richmond County
NY-14-084 Word | NY-14-084 PDF - Jan 16, 2015 NYC Regional Office Queens County
BU-14-023 Word | BU-14-023 PDF - Jan 9, 2015 Buffalo Regional Office Erie County
NY-14-081 Word | NY-14-081 PDF - Jan 7, 2015 NYC Regional Office Queens County
NY-14-082 Word | NY-14-082 PDF - Jan 5, 2015 NYC Regional Office Queens County
NY-14-083 Word | NY-14-083 PDF - Jan 5, 2015 NYC Regional Office Kings County
NY-14-079 Word | NY-14-079 PDF - Jan 2, 2015 NYC Regional Office Bronx County
NY-14-078 Word | NY-14-078 PDF - Jan 2, 2015 NYC Regional Office Queens County