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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-14-106 Word | NY-14-106 PDF - Apr 8, 2015 NYC Regional Office Kings County
NY-14-120 Word | NY-14-120 PDF - Apr 6, 2015 NYC Regional Office Kings County
NY-14-132 Word | NY-14-132 PDF - Apr 6, 2015 NYC Regional Office Kings County
AL-14-019 Word | AL-14-019 PDF - Apr 6, 2015 Albany Regional Office Albany County
BU-14-029 Word | BU-14-029 PDF - Apr 3, 2015 Buffalo Regional Office Erie County
BU-14-026 Word | BU-14-026 PDF - Mar 31, 2015 Buffalo Regional Office Erie County
BU-14-028 Word | BU-14-028 PDF - Mar 31, 2015 Buffalo Regional Office Erie County
SV-15-002 Word | SV-15-002 PDF - Mar 31, 2015 Westchester Regional Office Suffolk County
SV-14-022 Word | SV-14-022 PDF - Mar 31, 2015 Westchester Regional Office Suffolk County
AL-14-026 Word | AL-14-026 PDF - Mar 31, 2015 Albany Regional Office Fulton County
AL-14-043 Word | AL-14-043 PDF - Mar 30, 2015 Albany Regional Office Rensselaer County
AL-14-025 Word | AL-14-025 PDF - Mar 24, 2015 Albany Regional Office Schenectady County
NY-14-103 Word | NY-14-103 PDF - Mar 18, 2015 NYC Regional Office Queens County
NY-14-112 Word | NY-14-112 PDF - Mar 18, 2015 NYC Regional Office Kings County
SY-14-013 Word | SY-14-013 PDF - Mar 18, 2015 Syracuse Regional Office Broome County
RO-14-017 Word | RO-14-017 PDF - Mar 17, 2015 Rochester Regional Office Monroe County
NY-14-105 Word | NY-14-105 PDF - Mar 13, 2015 NYC Regional Office New York County
NY-14-099 Word | NY-14-099 PDF - Mar 12, 2015 NYC Regional Office New York County
NY-14-100 Word | NY-14-100 PDF - Mar 4, 2015 NYC Regional Office Bronx County
RO-14-004 Word | RO-14-004 PDF - Mar 2, 2015 Rochester Regional Office Monroe County
RO-14-015 Word | RO-14-015 PDF - Feb 23, 2015 Rochester Regional Office Monroe County
AL-14-020 Word | AL-14-020 PDF - Feb 20, 2015 Albany Regional Office Schenectady County
NY-14-095 Word | NY-14-095 PDF - Feb 19, 2015 NYC Regional Office Queens County
AL-14-027 Word | AL-14-027 PDF - Feb 19, 2015 Albany Regional Office Rensselaer County
NY-14-091 Word | NY-14-091 PDF - Feb 18, 2015 NYC Regional Office Bronx County
AL-14-016 Word | AL-14-016 PDF - Feb 18, 2015 Albany Regional Office Delaware County
AL-14-015 Word | AL-14-015 PDF - Feb 17, 2015 Albany Regional Office Saratoga County
RO-14-016 Word | RO-14-016 PDF - Feb 17, 2015 Rochester Regional Office Monroe County
NY-14-089 Word | NY-14-089 PDF - Feb 12, 2015 NYC Regional Office Kings County
NY-14-087 Word | NY-14-087 PDF - Feb 12, 2015 NYC Regional Office Bronx County
BU-14-024 Word | BU-14-024 PDF - Feb 11, 2015 Buffalo Regional Office Niagara County
NY-14-086 Word | NY-14-086 PDF - Feb 6, 2015 NYC Regional Office Bronx County
NY-14-090 Word | NY-14-090 PDF - Feb 5, 2015 NYC Regional Office New York County
NY-14-088 Word | NY-14-088 PDF - Feb 5, 2015 NYC Regional Office Queens County
NY-14-093 Word | NY-14-093 PDF - Feb 4, 2015 NYC Regional Office Bronx County
RO-14-009 Word | RO-14-009 PDF - Jan 30, 2015 Rochester Regional Office Monroe County
RO-14-012 Word | RO-14-012 PDF - Jan 26, 2015 Rochester Regional Office Chemung County
SP-13-039 Word | SP-13-039 PDF - Jan 26, 2015 Albany Regional Office Dutchess County
RO-14-010 Word | RO-14-010 PDF - Jan 20, 2015 Rochester Regional Office Monroe County
NY-14-085 Word | NY-14-085 PDF - Jan 20, 2015 NYC Regional Office Richmond County
NY-14-084 Word | NY-14-084 PDF - Jan 16, 2015 NYC Regional Office Queens County
BU-14-023 Word | BU-14-023 PDF - Jan 9, 2015 Buffalo Regional Office Erie County
NY-14-081 Word | NY-14-081 PDF - Jan 7, 2015 NYC Regional Office Queens County
NY-14-082 Word | NY-14-082 PDF - Jan 5, 2015 NYC Regional Office Queens County
NY-14-083 Word | NY-14-083 PDF - Jan 5, 2015 NYC Regional Office Kings County
NY-14-079 Word | NY-14-079 PDF - Jan 2, 2015 NYC Regional Office Bronx County
NY-14-078 Word | NY-14-078 PDF - Jan 2, 2015 NYC Regional Office Queens County