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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
SY-17-015 Word | SY-17-015 PDF - Sep 12, 2017 Syracuse Regional Office Oneida County
SY-17-010 Word | SY-17-010 PDF - Sep 7, 2017 Syracuse Regional Office Chenango County
SY-17-011 Word | SY-17-011 PDF - Sep 5, 2017 Syracuse Regional Office Onondaga County
NY-17-020 Word | NY-17-020 PDF - Sep 1, 2017 NYC Regional Office Kings County
SV-17-007 Word | SV-17-007 PDF - Aug 31, 2017 Westchester Regional Office Ulster County
AL-17-009 Word | AL-17-009 PDF - Aug 29, 2017 Albany Regional Office Schenectady County
NY-17-026 Word | NY-17-026 PDF - Aug 29, 2017 NYC Regional Office Queens County
AL-17-011 Word | AL-17-011 PDF - Aug 25, 2017 Albany Regional Office Clinton County
SY-17-012 Word | SY-17-012 PDF - Aug 22, 2017 Syracuse Regional Office Onondaga County
BU-17-010 Word | BU-17-010 PDF - Aug 22, 2017 Buffalo Regional Office Erie County
BU-17-009 Word | BU-17-009 PDF - Aug 22, 2017 Buffalo Regional Office Erie County
SY-17-014 Word | SY-17-014 PDF - Aug 22, 2017 Syracuse Regional Office Saint Lawrence County
BU-17-012 Word | BU-17-012 PDF - Aug 22, 2017 Buffalo Regional Office Erie County
NY-17-028 Word | NY-17-028 PDF - Aug 22, 2017 NYC Regional Office New York County
NY-17-022 Word | NY-17-022 PDF - Aug 22, 2017 NYC Regional Office Kings County
SY-17-008 Word | SY-17-008 PDF - Aug 21, 2017 Syracuse Regional Office Saint Lawrence County
AL-16-024 Word | AL-16-024 PDF - Aug 18, 2017 Albany Regional Office Schenectady County
SV-17-005 Word | SV-17-005 PDF - Aug 18, 2017 Westchester Regional Office Dutchess County
BU-17-004 Word | BU-17-004 PDF - Aug 17, 2017 Buffalo Regional Office Erie County
AL-16-023 Word | AL-16-023 PDF - Aug 15, 2017 Albany Regional Office Montgomery County
NY-17-016 Word | NY-17-016 PDF - Aug 14, 2017 NYC Regional Office New York County
NY-17-019 Word | NY-17-019 PDF - Aug 14, 2017 NYC Regional Office Kings County
NY-17-017 Word | NY-17-017 PDF - Aug 14, 2017 NYC Regional Office Richmond County
NY-17-012 Word | NY-17-012 PDF - Aug 14, 2017 NYC Regional Office Richmond County
NY-17-009 Word | NY-17-009 PDF - Aug 14, 2017 NYC Regional Office Richmond County
NY-17-004 Word | NY-17-004 PDF - Aug 14, 2017 NYC Regional Office Kings County
AL-16-010 Word | AL-16-010 PDF - Aug 11, 2017 Albany Regional Office Albany County
RO-17-004 Word | RO-17-004 PDF - Aug 10, 2017 Rochester Regional Office Monroe County
NY-17-011 Word | NY-17-011 PDF - Aug 7, 2017 NYC Regional Office Queens County
NY-17-010 Word | NY-17-010 PDF - Aug 7, 2017 NYC Regional Office Bronx County
NY-17-002 Word | NY-17-002 PDF - Aug 7, 2017 NYC Regional Office Queens County
AL-16-009 Word | AL-16-009 PDF - Aug 4, 2017 Albany Regional Office Montgomery County
AL-16-008 Word | AL-16-008 PDF - Aug 4, 2017 Albany Regional Office Albany County
RO-16-012 Word | RO-16-012 PDF - Aug 2, 2017 Rochester Regional Office Chemung County
AL-16-013 Word | AL-16-013 PDF - Aug 2, 2017 Albany Regional Office Washington County
AL-17-006 Word | AL-17-006 PDF - Jul 31, 2017 Albany Regional Office Albany County
BU-17-002 Word | BU-17-002 PDF - Jul 31, 2017 Buffalo Regional Office Erie County
AL-16-027 Word | AL-16-027 PDF - Jul 31, 2017 Albany Regional Office Rensselaer County
AL-16-004 Word | AL-16-004 PDF - Jul 31, 2017 Albany Regional Office Albany County
BU-16-032 Word | BU-16-032 PDF - Jul 27, 2017 Buffalo Regional Office Erie County
SY-17-007 Word | SY-17-007 PDF - Jul 26, 2017 Syracuse Regional Office Onondaga County
NY-17-027 Word | NY-17-027 PDF - Jul 25, 2017 NYC Regional Office Kings County
NY-17-021 Word | NY-17-021 PDF - Jul 25, 2017 NYC Regional Office Bronx County
NY-17-014 Word | NY-17-014 PDF - Jul 25, 2017 NYC Regional Office Queens County
NY-17-008 Word | NY-17-008 PDF - Jul 25, 2017 NYC Regional Office Kings County
NY-17-001 Word | NY-17-001 PDF - Jul 25, 2017 NYC Regional Office New York County
NY-17-005 Word | NY-17-005 PDF - Jul 25, 2017 NYC Regional Office Kings County
NY-17-003 Word | NY-17-003 PDF - Jul 25, 2017 NYC Regional Office Richmond County
SV-17-006 Word | SV-17-006 PDF - Jul 20, 2017 Westchester Regional Office Suffolk County
SY-17-005 Word | SY-17-005 PDF - Jul 18, 2017 Syracuse Regional Office Herkimer County