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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-17-055 Word | NY-17-055 PDF - Nov 20, 2017 NYC Regional Office Queens County
NY-17-050 Word | NY-17-050 PDF - Nov 20, 2017 NYC Regional Office Kings County
NY-17-052 Word | NY-17-052 PDF - Nov 17, 2017 NYC Regional Office Queens County
SV-17-033 Word | SV-17-033 PDF - Nov 17, 2017 Westchester Regional Office Rockland County
SY-17-023 Word | SY-17-023 PDF - Nov 16, 2017 Syracuse Regional Office Onondaga County
NY-17-048 Word | NY-17-048 PDF - Nov 16, 2017 NYC Regional Office Kings County
NY-17-045 Word | NY-17-045 PDF - Nov 14, 2017 NYC Regional Office Richmond County
SV-17-016 Word | SV-17-016 PDF - Nov 10, 2017 Westchester Regional Office Sullivan County
SV-17-017 Word | SV-17-017 PDF - Nov 10, 2017 Westchester Regional Office Westchester County
SV-17-018 Word | SV-17-018 PDF - Nov 10, 2017 Westchester Regional Office Westchester County
NY-17-039 Word | NY-17-039 PDF - Nov 9, 2017 NYC Regional Office Kings County
NY-17-043 Word | NY-17-043 PDF - Nov 9, 2017 NYC Regional Office Office of Special Investigations
NY-17-029 Word | NY-17-029 PDF - Nov 9, 2017 NYC Regional Office Richmond County
SY-17-028 Word | SY-17-028 PDF - Nov 7, 2017 Syracuse Regional Office Oneida County
SY-17-035 Word | SY-17-035 PDF - Nov 6, 2017 Syracuse Regional Office Tompkins County
AL-17-018 Word | AL-17-018 PDF - Nov 3, 2017 Albany Regional Office Columbia County
NY-17-046 Word | NY-17-046 PDF - Nov 2, 2017 NYC Regional Office Queens County
NY-17-037 Word | NY-17-037 PDF - Nov 2, 2017 NYC Regional Office Bronx County
NY-17-038 Word | NY-17-038 PDF - Nov 2, 2017 NYC Regional Office New York County
NY-17-051 Word | NY-17-051 PDF - Nov 1, 2017 NYC Regional Office Kings County
NY-17-042 Word | NY-17-042 PDF - Nov 1, 2017 NYC Regional Office Queens County
NY-17-041 Word | NY-17-041 PDF - Nov 1, 2017 NYC Regional Office Richmond County
NY-17-031 Word | NY-17-031 PDF - Nov 1, 2017 NYC Regional Office Queens County
SV-17-021 Word | SV-17-021 PDF - Oct 27, 2017 Westchester Regional Office Nassau County
SY-17-022 Word | SY-17-022 PDF - Oct 27, 2017 Syracuse Regional Office Oswego County
RO-17-015 Word | RO-17-015 PDF - Oct 26, 2017 Rochester Regional Office Chemung County
AL-17-013 Word | AL-17-013 PDF - Oct 23, 2017 Albany Regional Office Clinton County
RO-17-012 Word | RO-17-012 PDF - Oct 20, 2017 Rochester Regional Office Steuben County
RO-17-020 Word | RO-17-020 PDF - Oct 18, 2017 Rochester Regional Office Steuben County
SV-17-013 Word | SV-17-013 PDF - Oct 17, 2017 Westchester Regional Office Suffolk County
SV-17-012 Word | SV-17-012 PDF - Oct 16, 2017 Westchester Regional Office Westchester County
NY-17-036 Word | NY-17-036 PDF - Oct 10, 2017 NYC Regional Office New York County
NY-17-023 Word | NY-17-023 PDF - Oct 6, 2017 NYC Regional Office Kings County
NY-17-030 Word | NY-17-030 PDF - Oct 6, 2017 NYC Regional Office Kings County
NY-17-024 Word | NY-17-024 PDF - Oct 6, 2017 NYC Regional Office Queens County
SY-17-019 Word | SY-17-019 PDF - Oct 6, 2017 Syracuse Regional Office Onondaga County
RO-17-011 Word | RO-17-011 PDF - Oct 2, 2017 Rochester Regional Office Steuben County
SY-17-013 Word | SY-17-013 PDF - Oct 2, 2017 Syracuse Regional Office Cortland County
NY-17-033 Word | NY-17-033 PDF - Sep 29, 2017 NYC Regional Office Queens County
NY-17-035 Word | NY-17-035 PDF - Sep 25, 2017 NYC Regional Office Kings County
NY-17-025 Word | NY-17-025 PDF - Sep 25, 2017 NYC Regional Office New York County
RO-17-006 Word | RO-17-006 PDF - Sep 25, 2017 Rochester Regional Office Steuben County
SV-17-014 Word | SV-17-014 PDF - Sep 22, 2017 Westchester Regional Office Sullivan County
AL-17-012 Word | AL-17-012 PDF - Sep 21, 2017 Albany Regional Office Clinton County
NY-17-034 Word | NY-17-034 PDF - Sep 19, 2017 NYC Regional Office Richmond County
NY-17-032 Word | NY-17-032 PDF - Sep 19, 2017 NYC Regional Office Kings County
SV-17-009 Word | SV-17-009 PDF - Sep 18, 2017 Westchester Regional Office Westchester County
BU-17-007 Word | BU-17-007 PDF - Sep 15, 2017 Buffalo Regional Office Erie County
RO-17-007 Word | RO-17-007 PDF - Sep 14, 2017 Rochester Regional Office Monroe County
BU-17-005 Word | BU-17-005 PDF - Sep 13, 2017 Buffalo Regional Office Erie County