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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
BU-14-032 Word | BU-14-032 PDF - May 21, 2015 Buffalo Regional Office Erie County
BU-14-031 Word | BU-14-031 PDF - May 20, 2015 Buffalo Regional Office Cattaraugus County
NY-14-123 Word | NY-14-123 PDF - May 20, 2015 NYC Regional Office Kings County
SY-14-021 Word | SY-14-021 PDF - May 19, 2015 Syracuse Regional Office Jefferson County
RO-14-021 Word | RO-14-021 PDF - May 18, 2015 Rochester Regional Office Ontario County
AL-14-028 Word | AL-14-028 PDF - May 15, 2015 Albany Regional Office Schenectady County
BU-14-030 Word | BU-14-030 PDF - May 14, 2015 Buffalo Regional Office Niagara County
SY-14-033 Word | SY-14-033 PDF - May 6, 2015 Syracuse Regional Office Oswego County
SY-14-029 Word | SY-14-029 PDF - May 6, 2015 Syracuse Regional Office Broome County
NY-14-119 Word | NY-14-119 PDF - May 5, 2015 NYC Regional Office Richmond County
RO-14-018 Word | RO-14-018 PDF - May 5, 2015 Rochester Regional Office Ontario County
RO-14-020 Word | RO-14-020 PDF - May 5, 2015 Rochester Regional Office Monroe County
NY-14-122 Word | NY-14-122 PDF - May 4, 2015 NYC Regional Office Queens County
NY-14-118 Word | NY-14-118 PDF - May 4, 2015 NYC Regional Office Richmond County
NY-14-130 Word | NY-14-130 PDF - May 1, 2015 NYC Regional Office New York County
NY-14-116 Word | NY-14-116 PDF - Apr 30, 2015 NYC Regional Office Kings County
NY-14-114 Word | NY-14-114 PDF - Apr 29, 2015 NYC Regional Office Kings County
NY-14-144 Word | NY-14-144 PDF - Apr 29, 2015 NYC Regional Office Queens County
AL-14-037 Word | AL-14-037 PDF - Apr 29, 2015 Albany Regional Office Rensselaer County
AL-14-046 Word | AL-14-046 PDF - Apr 29, 2015 Albany Regional Office Montgomery County
NY-14-137 Word | NY-14-137 PDF - Apr 28, 2015 NYC Regional Office Kings County
NY-14-117 Word | NY-14-117 PDF - Apr 28, 2015 NYC Regional Office Bronx County
SY-14-019 Word | SY-14-019 PDF - Apr 23, 2015 Syracuse Regional Office Oneida County
SY-14-017 Word | SY-14-017 PDF - Apr 23, 2015 Syracuse Regional Office Oneida County
NY-14-128 Word | NY-14-128 PDF - Apr 16, 2015 NYC Regional Office Queens County
RO-14-022 Word | RO-14-022 PDF - Apr 16, 2015 Rochester Regional Office Monroe County
AL-14-047 Word | AL-14-047 PDF - Apr 15, 2015 Albany Regional Office Albany County
AL-14-017 Word | AL-14-017 PDF - Apr 14, 2015 Albany Regional Office Rensselaer County
AL-14-045 Word | AL-14-045 PDF - Apr 14, 2015 Albany Regional Office Albany County
NY-14-108 Word | NY-14-108 PDF - Apr 10, 2015 NYC Regional Office Kings County
NY-14-111 Word | NY-14-111 PDF - Apr 10, 2015 NYC Regional Office Kings County
NY-14-107 Word | NY-14-107 PDF - Apr 10, 2015 NYC Regional Office Queens County
SV-13-047 Word | SV-13-047 PDF - Apr 8, 2015 Westchester Regional Office Westchester County
NY-14-106 Word | NY-14-106 PDF - Apr 8, 2015 NYC Regional Office Kings County
NY-14-120 Word | NY-14-120 PDF - Apr 6, 2015 NYC Regional Office Kings County
NY-14-132 Word | NY-14-132 PDF - Apr 6, 2015 NYC Regional Office Kings County
AL-14-019 Word | AL-14-019 PDF - Apr 6, 2015 Albany Regional Office Albany County
BU-14-029 Word | BU-14-029 PDF - Apr 3, 2015 Buffalo Regional Office Erie County
BU-14-026 Word | BU-14-026 PDF - Mar 31, 2015 Buffalo Regional Office Erie County
BU-14-028 Word | BU-14-028 PDF - Mar 31, 2015 Buffalo Regional Office Erie County
SV-15-002 Word | SV-15-002 PDF - Mar 31, 2015 Westchester Regional Office Suffolk County
SV-14-022 Word | SV-14-022 PDF - Mar 31, 2015 Westchester Regional Office Suffolk County
AL-14-026 Word | AL-14-026 PDF - Mar 31, 2015 Albany Regional Office Fulton County
AL-14-043 Word | AL-14-043 PDF - Mar 30, 2015 Albany Regional Office Rensselaer County
AL-14-025 Word | AL-14-025 PDF - Mar 24, 2015 Albany Regional Office Schenectady County
NY-14-103 Word | NY-14-103 PDF - Mar 18, 2015 NYC Regional Office Queens County
NY-14-112 Word | NY-14-112 PDF - Mar 18, 2015 NYC Regional Office Kings County
SY-14-013 Word | SY-14-013 PDF - Mar 18, 2015 Syracuse Regional Office Broome County
RO-14-017 Word | RO-14-017 PDF - Mar 17, 2015 Rochester Regional Office Monroe County
NY-14-105 Word | NY-14-105 PDF - Mar 13, 2015 NYC Regional Office New York County