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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
SV-19-044 Word | SV-19-044 PDF - Feb 5, 2020 Westchester Regional Office Suffolk County
SY-19-043 Word | SY-19-043 PDF - Feb 5, 2020 Syracuse Regional Office Broome County
NY-19-121 Word | NY-19-121 PDF - Feb 4, 2020 NYC Regional Office Queens County
NY-19-093 Word | NY-19-093 PDF - Feb 3, 2020 NYC Regional Office Kings County
NY-19-095 Word | NY-19-095 PDF - Jan 31, 2020 NYC Regional Office Richmond County
NY-19-097 Word | NY-19-097 PDF - Jan 31, 2020 NYC Regional Office Queens County
SY-19-042 Word | SY-19-042 PDF - Jan 30, 2020 Syracuse Regional Office Madison County
AL-19-028 Word | AL-19-028 PDF - Jan 30, 2020 Albany Regional Office Delaware County
BU-19-031 Word | BU-19-031 PDF - Jan 28, 2020 Buffalo Regional Office Genesee County
SV-19-045 Word | SV-19-045 PDF - Jan 28, 2020 Westchester Regional Office Westchester County
SY-19-046 Word | SY-19-046 PDF - Jan 28, 2020 Syracuse Regional Office Onondaga County
SV-19-046 Word | SV-19-046 PDF - Jan 27, 2020 Westchester Regional Office Suffolk County
NY-19-115 Word | NY-19-115 PDF - Jan 27, 2020 NYC Regional Office Kings County
AL-19-026 Word | AL-19-026 PDF - Jan 27, 2020 Albany Regional Office Washington County
SV-19-047 Word | SV-19-047 PDF - Jan 23, 2020 Westchester Regional Office Nassau County
BU-19-046 Word | BU-19-046 PDF - Jan 23, 2020 Buffalo Regional Office Chautauqua County
NY-19-112 Word | NY-19-112 PDF - Jan 23, 2020 NYC Regional Office Kings County
NY-19-090 Word | NY-19-090 PDF - Jan 22, 2020 NYC Regional Office Bronx County
RO-19-032 Word | RO-19-032 PDF - Jan 22, 2020 Rochester Regional Office Monroe County
SY-19-040 Word | SY-19-040 PDF - Jan 21, 2020 Syracuse Regional Office Onondaga County
NY-19-009 Word | NY-19-009 PDF - Jan 17, 2020 NYC Regional Office New York County
RO-19-033 Word | RO-19-033 PDF - Jan 17, 2020 Rochester Regional Office Monroe County
RO-19-030 Word | RO-19-030 PDF - Jan 17, 2020 Rochester Regional Office Steuben County
SY-19-045 Word | SY-19-045 PDF - Jan 16, 2020 Syracuse Regional Office Jefferson County
SY-19-044 Word | SY-19-044 PDF - Jan 16, 2020 Syracuse Regional Office Cayuga County
NY-19-088 Word | NY-19-088 PDF - Jan 16, 2020 NYC Regional Office Kings County
BU-19-027 Word | BU-19-027 PDF - Jan 16, 2020 Buffalo Regional Office Erie County
SY-19-039 Word | SY-19-039 PDF - Jan 16, 2020 Syracuse Regional Office Oneida County
NY-19-091 Word | NY-19-091 PDF - Jan 15, 2020 NYC Regional Office Kings County
SV-19-042 Word | SV-19-042 PDF - Jan 14, 2020 Westchester Regional Office Westchester County
BU-19-029 Word | BU-19-029 PDF - Jan 14, 2020 Buffalo Regional Office Niagara County
NY-19-101 Word | NY-19-101 PDF - Jan 13, 2020 NYC Regional Office Kings County
NY-19-086 Word | NY-19-086 PDF - Jan 10, 2020 NYC Regional Office Kings County
NY-19-087 Word | NY-19-087 PDF - Jan 10, 2020 NYC Regional Office Bronx County
NY-19-083 Word | NY-19-083 PDF - Jan 8, 2020 NYC Regional Office Kings County
RO-19-031 Word | RO-19-031 PDF - Jan 7, 2020 Rochester Regional Office Livingston County
BU-19-030 Word | BU-19-030 PDF - Jan 7, 2020 Buffalo Regional Office Genesee County
NY-19-096 Word | NY-19-096 PDF - Jan 7, 2020 NYC Regional Office Queens County
SV-19-043 Word | SV-19-043 PDF - Jan 7, 2020 Westchester Regional Office Westchester County
RO-19-028 Word | RO-19-028 PDF - Jan 7, 2020 Rochester Regional Office Monroe County
AL-19-025 Word | AL-19-025 PDF - Jan 7, 2020 Albany Regional Office Rensselaer County
NY-19-082 Word | NY-19-082 PDF - Jan 2, 2020 NYC Regional Office Office of Special Investigations
NY-19-085 Word | NY-19-085 PDF - Jan 2, 2020 NYC Regional Office Bronx County