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About These Reports

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
AL-20-002 Word | AL-20-002 PDF - Jun 8, 2020 Albany Regional Office Albany County
AL-20-001 Word | AL-20-001 PDF - Jun 3, 2020 Albany Regional Office Schenectady County
BU-19-047 Word | BU-19-047 PDF - Jun 3, 2020 Buffalo Regional Office Erie County
SV-20-001 Word | SV-20-001 PDF - Jun 3, 2020 Westchester Regional Office Orange County
SV-20-006 Word | SV-20-006 PDF - May 29, 2020 Westchester Regional Office Nassau County
SV-20-004 Word | SV-20-004 PDF - May 29, 2020 Westchester Regional Office Rockland County
AL-19-039 Word | AL-19-039 PDF - May 29, 2020 Albany Regional Office Rensselaer County
SV-20-003 Word | SV-20-003 PDF - May 29, 2020 Westchester Regional Office Westchester County
NY-19-128 Word | NY-19-128 PDF - May 26, 2020 NYC Regional Office Office of Special Investigations
NY-20-008 Word | NY-20-008 PDF - May 26, 2020 NYC Regional Office Kings County
NY-19-134 Word | NY-19-134 PDF - May 23, 2020 NYC Regional Office Bronx County
SY-19-059 Word | SY-19-059 PDF - May 20, 2020 Syracuse Regional Office Saint Lawrence County
NY-19-126 Word | NY-19-126 PDF - May 19, 2020 NYC Regional Office Bronx County
SY-20-010 Word | SY-20-010 PDF - May 19, 2020 Syracuse Regional Office Madison County
SV-19-060 Word | SV-19-060 PDF - May 18, 2020 Westchester Regional Office Suffolk County
SV-19-059 Word | SV-19-059 PDF - May 14, 2020 Westchester Regional Office Orange County
AL-19-041 Word | AL-19-041 PDF - May 14, 2020 Albany Regional Office Albany County
RO-19-047 Word | RO-19-047 PDF - May 14, 2020 Rochester Regional Office Livingston County
BU-19-043 Word | BU-19-043 PDF - May 11, 2020 Buffalo Regional Office Allegany County
RO-20-001 Word | RO-20-001 PDF - May 11, 2020 Rochester Regional Office Monroe County
SV-20-009 Word | SV-20-009 PDF - May 7, 2020 Westchester Regional Office Dutchess County
SY-19-058 Word | SY-19-058 PDF - May 7, 2020 Syracuse Regional Office Onondaga County
BU-19-048 Word | BU-19-048 PDF - May 6, 2020 Buffalo Regional Office Erie County
AL-20-003 Word | AL-20-003 PDF - May 6, 2020 Albany Regional Office Delaware County
AL-19-042 Word | AL-19-042 PDF - May 6, 2020 Albany Regional Office Rensselaer County
AL-19-040 Word | AL-19-040 PDF - May 6, 2020 Albany Regional Office Fulton County
SY-19-056 Word | SY-19-056 PDF - Apr 29, 2020 Syracuse Regional Office Broome County
NY-19-135 Word | NY-19-135 PDF - Apr 29, 2020 NYC Regional Office New York County
RO-19-044 Word | RO-19-044 PDF - Apr 24, 2020 Rochester Regional Office Schuyler County
BU-19-041 Word | BU-19-041 PDF - Apr 24, 2020 Buffalo Regional Office Erie County
SV-19-061 Word | SV-19-061 PDF - Apr 24, 2020 Westchester Regional Office Suffolk County
BU-20-006 Word | BU-20-006 PDF - Apr 24, 2020 Buffalo Regional Office Chautauqua County
AL-19-035 Word | AL-19-035 PDF - Apr 23, 2020 Albany Regional Office Washington County
AL-19-037 Word | AL-19-037 PDF - Apr 23, 2020 Albany Regional Office Warren County
SY-19-057 Word | SY-19-057 PDF - Apr 23, 2020 Syracuse Regional Office Lewis County
BU-19-045 Word | BU-19-045 PDF - Apr 16, 2020 Buffalo Regional Office Erie County
RO-19-042 Word | RO-19-042 PDF - Apr 14, 2020 Rochester Regional Office Monroe County
AL-19-034 Word | AL-19-034 PDF - Apr 9, 2020 Albany Regional Office Fulton County
NY-19-119 Word | NY-19-119 PDF - Apr 8, 2020 NYC Regional Office New York County
AL-19-033 Word | AL-19-033 PDF - Apr 7, 2020 Albany Regional Office Albany County
AL-19-032 Word | AL-19-032 PDF - Apr 7, 2020 Albany Regional Office Warren County
SY-19-054 Word | SY-19-054 PDF - Apr 7, 2020 Syracuse Regional Office Onondaga County
SV-19-052 Word | SV-19-052 PDF - Apr 3, 2020 Westchester Regional Office Westchester County
NY-19-130 Word | NY-19-130 PDF - Apr 2, 2020 NYC Regional Office Bronx County
NY-19-117 Word | NY-19-117 PDF - Apr 2, 2020 NYC Regional Office Kings County
RO-19-045 Word | RO-19-045 PDF - Apr 2, 2020 Rochester Regional Office Seneca County
RO-19-046 Word | RO-19-046 PDF - Mar 30, 2020 Rochester Regional Office Ontario County
RO-19-041 Word | RO-19-041 PDF - Mar 30, 2020 Rochester Regional Office Ontario County
BU-19-038 Word | BU-19-038 PDF - Mar 27, 2020 Buffalo Regional Office Cattaraugus County
NY-19-116 Word | NY-19-116 PDF - Mar 25, 2020 NYC Regional Office Queens County