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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: Buffalo Regional Office

Links Date Released County
BU-18-006 Word | BU-18-006 PDF - Aug 1, 2018 Erie County
BU-18-004 Word | BU-18-004 PDF - Jul 31, 2018 Erie County
BU-18-008 Word | BU-18-008 PDF - Jul 18, 2018 Erie County
BU-18-005 Word | BU-18-005 PDF - Jun 26, 2018 Chautauqua County
BU-18-002 Word | BU-18-002 PDF - Jun 19, 2018 Erie County
BU-18-001 Word | BU-18-001 PDF - Jun 18, 2018 Erie County
BU-18-007 Word | BU-18-007 PDF - Jun 18, 2018 Erie County
BU-17-036 Word | BU-17-036 PDF - May 29, 2018 Cattaraugus County
BU-18-003 Word | BU-18-003 PDF - May 25, 2018 Niagara County
BU-17-035 Word | BU-17-035 PDF - May 18, 2018 Erie County
BU-17-034 Word | BU-17-034 PDF - May 7, 2018 Cattaraugus County
BU-17-033 Word | BU-17-033 PDF - Apr 26, 2018 Genesee County
BU-17-032 Word | BU-17-032 PDF - Apr 25, 2018 Niagara County
BU-17-029 Word | BU-17-029 PDF - Apr 19, 2018 Niagara County
BU-17-030 Word | BU-17-030 PDF - Apr 19, 2018 Niagara County
BU-17-031 Word | BU-17-031 PDF - Apr 16, 2018 Niagara County
BU-17-028 Word | BU-17-028 PDF - Mar 20, 2018 Niagara County
BU-17-027 Word | BU-17-027 PDF - Mar 19, 2018 Erie County
BU-17-025 Word | BU-17-025 PDF - Mar 12, 2018 Chautauqua County
BU-17-026 Word | BU-17-026 PDF - Feb 23, 2018 Erie County
BU-17-022 Word | BU-17-022 PDF - Feb 15, 2018 Niagara County
BU-17-024 Word | BU-17-024 PDF - Feb 9, 2018 Niagara County
BU-17-021 Word | BU-17-021 PDF - Jan 29, 2018 Erie County
BU-17-020 Word | BU-17-020 PDF - Dec 28, 2017 Orleans County
BU-17-016 Word | BU-17-016 PDF - Dec 28, 2017 Chautauqua County
BU-17-017 Word | BU-17-017 PDF - Dec 26, 2017 Chautauqua County
BU-17-015 Word | BU-17-015 PDF - Nov 30, 2017 Erie County
BU-17-007 Word | BU-17-007 PDF - Sep 15, 2017 Erie County
BU-17-005 Word | BU-17-005 PDF - Sep 13, 2017 Erie County
BU-17-010 Word | BU-17-010 PDF - Aug 22, 2017 Erie County
BU-17-009 Word | BU-17-009 PDF - Aug 22, 2017 Erie County
BU-17-012 Word | BU-17-012 PDF - Aug 22, 2017 Erie County
BU-17-004 Word | BU-17-004 PDF - Aug 17, 2017 Erie County
BU-17-002 Word | BU-17-002 PDF - Jul 31, 2017 Erie County
BU-16-032 Word | BU-16-032 PDF - Jul 27, 2017 Erie County
BU-17-006 Word | BU-17-006 PDF - Jul 7, 2017 Erie County
BU-17-008 Word | BU-17-008 PDF - Jul 5, 2017 Chautauqua County
BU-17-003 Word | BU-17-003 PDF - Jun 22, 2017 Erie County
BU-16-031 Word | BU-16-031 PDF - Jun 7, 2017 Erie County
BU-16-044 Word | BU-16-044 PDF - May 15, 2017 Erie County
BU-16-042 Word | BU-16-042 PDF - Apr 26, 2017 Niagara County
BU-17-001 Word | BU-17-001 PDF - Apr 20, 2017 Genesee County
BU-16-034 Word | BU-16-034 PDF - Apr 17, 2017 Chautauqua County
BU-16-037 Word | BU-16-037 PDF - Apr 14, 2017 Erie County
BU-16-030 Word | BU-16-030 PDF - Apr 13, 2017 Chautauqua County
BU-16-039 Word | BU-16-039 PDF - Mar 31, 2017 Erie County
BU-16-043 Word | BU-16-043 PDF - Mar 23, 2017 Erie County
BU-16-040 Word | BU-16-040 PDF - Mar 7, 2017 Chautauqua County
BU-16-038 Word | BU-16-038 PDF - Mar 7, 2017 Chautauqua County
BU-16-022 Word | BU-16-022 PDF - Mar 1, 2017 Erie County