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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-17-055 Word | SY-17-055 PDF - May 24, 2018 Syracuse Regional Office Oneida County
SY-17-053 Word | SY-17-053 PDF - May 23, 2018 Syracuse Regional Office Jefferson County
NY-17-148 Word | NY-17-148 PDF - May 22, 2018 NYC Regional Office Bronx County
NY-17-142 Word | NY-17-142 PDF - May 22, 2018 NYC Regional Office New York County
NY-17-139 Word | NY-17-139 PDF - May 22, 2018 NYC Regional Office Kings County
NY-17-137 Word | NY-17-137 PDF - May 22, 2018 NYC Regional Office Kings County
SY-18-002 Word | SY-18-002 PDF - May 21, 2018 Syracuse Regional Office Oneida County
NY-17-132 Word | NY-17-132 PDF - May 18, 2018 NYC Regional Office Bronx County
NY-17-129 Word | NY-17-129 PDF - May 18, 2018 NYC Regional Office Kings County
SY-17-052 Word | SY-17-052 PDF - May 18, 2018 Syracuse Regional Office Onondaga County
BU-17-035 Word | BU-17-035 PDF - May 18, 2018 Buffalo Regional Office Erie County
SV-17-055 Word | SV-17-055 PDF - May 15, 2018 Westchester Regional Office Orange County
SV-17-053 Word | SV-17-053 PDF - May 14, 2018 Westchester Regional Office Suffolk County
SV-17-050 Word | SV-17-050 PDF - May 11, 2018 Westchester Regional Office Orange County
RO-17-050 Word | RO-17-050 PDF - May 10, 2018 Rochester Regional Office Wayne County
SV-18-003 Word | SV-18-003 PDF - May 8, 2018 Westchester Regional Office Orange County
NY-17-125 Word | NY-17-125 PDF - May 7, 2018 NYC Regional Office New York County
SV-17-060 Word | SV-17-060 PDF - May 7, 2018 Westchester Regional Office Rockland County
BU-17-034 Word | BU-17-034 PDF - May 7, 2018 Buffalo Regional Office Cattaraugus County
SV-18-001 Word | SV-18-001 PDF - May 4, 2018 Westchester Regional Office Orange County
NY-17-141 Word | NY-17-141 PDF - May 2, 2018 NYC Regional Office Kings County
NY-17-140 Word | NY-17-140 PDF - May 2, 2018 NYC Regional Office Kings County
NY-17-124 Word | NY-17-124 PDF - May 2, 2018 NYC Regional Office Queens County
RO-17-042 Word | RO-17-042 PDF - May 1, 2018 Rochester Regional Office Chemung County
SV-17-052 Word | SV-17-052 PDF - Apr 30, 2018 Westchester Regional Office Suffolk County
SY-17-054 Word | SY-17-054 PDF - Apr 30, 2018 Syracuse Regional Office Onondaga County
SV-17-056 Word | SV-17-056 PDF - Apr 27, 2018 Westchester Regional Office Westchester County
RO-17-046 Word | RO-17-046 PDF - Apr 27, 2018 Rochester Regional Office Monroe County
AL-17-032 Word | AL-17-032 PDF - Apr 26, 2018 Albany Regional Office Albany County
BU-17-033 Word | BU-17-033 PDF - Apr 26, 2018 Buffalo Regional Office Genesee County
RO-17-044 Word | RO-17-044 PDF - Apr 26, 2018 Rochester Regional Office Monroe County
NY-17-128 Word | NY-17-128 PDF - Apr 25, 2018 NYC Regional Office Kings County
BU-17-032 Word | BU-17-032 PDF - Apr 25, 2018 Buffalo Regional Office Niagara County
NY-17-130 Word | NY-17-130 PDF - Apr 25, 2018 NYC Regional Office Kings County
SV-17-054 Word | SV-17-054 PDF - Apr 25, 2018 Westchester Regional Office Suffolk County
NY-17-120 Word | NY-17-120 PDF - Apr 24, 2018 NYC Regional Office Kings County
BU-17-029 Word | BU-17-029 PDF - Apr 19, 2018 Buffalo Regional Office Niagara County
BU-17-030 Word | BU-17-030 PDF - Apr 19, 2018 Buffalo Regional Office Niagara County
RO-17-039 Word | RO-17-039 PDF - Apr 16, 2018 Rochester Regional Office Monroe County
BU-17-031 Word | BU-17-031 PDF - Apr 16, 2018 Buffalo Regional Office Niagara County
SV-17-057 Word | SV-17-057 PDF - Apr 16, 2018 Westchester Regional Office Suffolk County
RO-17-037 Word | RO-17-037 PDF - Apr 16, 2018 Rochester Regional Office Steuben County
NY-17-111 Word | NY-17-111 PDF - Apr 13, 2018 NYC Regional Office Queens County
NY-17-114 Word | NY-17-114 PDF - Apr 12, 2018 NYC Regional Office Bronx County
SV-17-047 Word | SV-17-047 PDF - Apr 12, 2018 Westchester Regional Office Westchester County
SV-17-049 Word | SV-17-049 PDF - Apr 9, 2018 Westchester Regional Office Rockland County
NY-17-116 Word | NY-17-116 PDF - Apr 6, 2018 NYC Regional Office Office of Special Investigations
AL-17-031 Word | AL-17-031 PDF - Apr 5, 2018 Albany Regional Office Albany County
NY-17-099 Word | NY-17-099 PDF - Apr 4, 2018 NYC Regional Office Kings County
NY-17-108 Word | NY-17-108 PDF - Apr 3, 2018 NYC Regional Office Bronx County