In just 3 months, 10 kids died on NYC child services’ watch


Via NY Post: Ten kids died despite each being the subject of at least four abuse or maltreatment complaints to the city’s troubled child welfare agency in the weeks leading up to the slaying of little Zymere Perkins, a probe by Comptroller Scott Stringer’s office has found.

Comptroller Scott Stringer

Comptroller Scott Stringer

The tragedies were among 38 deaths involving vulnerable children flagged for high-priority investigations by the Administration for Children’s Services, Stringer found in the report, a copy of which was obtained by The Post.

ACS Commissioner Gladys Carrion

ACS Commissioner Gladys Carrion

In a letter to outgoing ACS Commissioner Gladys Carrion — who announced she was stepping down last week amid scrutiny of her handling of the agency — Stringer said his findings “starkly illustrate ACS’ persistent lack of progress in meeting its own targets for how those investigations are conducted, supervised and managed.”

Without reform, Stringer warned, the bungling “will continue to prove fatal for an unknown number of children who will foreseeably need to rely on ACS for protection from abusive individuals in their own households.”

Carrion’s abrupt retirement came one day before the state ordered the appointment of an outside monitor to oversee ACS due to shocking lapses in the handling of Zymere’s case.

Stringer’s report, which will be made public Thursday, said his office looked into 3,692 high-priority ACS probes opened between July 1 and Sept. 25 — one day before Zymere, 6, was beaten to death in Harlem following five ACS investigations into abuse allegations against his family.

Zymere’s mom, Geraldine Perkins, and her boyfriend, Rysheim Smith, have been charged with endangering the welfare of a child. Authorities suspect Smith fatally bludgeoned the child with a broomstick.

The comptroller’s probe found that 53 high-priority cases involving four or more complaints against a household were closed without any agency employees having “face-to-face contact” with the children in question.

Stringer also uncovered multiple instances in which ACS failed to follow official protocol in handling the investigations. The lapses included 22.4 percent of the 3,692 cases in which there was no “face-to-face contact” with the child within 24 hours, and 25.9 percent that were closed without the “requisite number of face-to-face contacts with the child” every other week. In addition, 31.9 percent of the cases were closed without first being reviewed by a supervisor five times, as required, and 72.5 percent were closed without being reviewed by a manager even three times.

Those failures occurred despite ACS being so top-heavy with management that supervisors actually outnumber the caseworkers assigned to deal with kids at risk, as revealed by The Post on Monday. ACS also failed to produce a risk-assessment profile within 40 days, as required, in 68 percent of the cases, according to Stringer’s preliminary findings.

“It’s so alarming and concerning,” Stringer told The Post. “The sheer number of kids who have tragically slipped through the cracks makes your heart break.”

Jaden Jordan

Jaden Jordan

Since Zymere’s death, another child, 3-year-old Jaden Jordan, died from a beating, allegedly administered by his mother’s boyfriend, Salvatore Lucchesse. That abuse was uncovered on Nov. 28, three days after ACS workers investigated a tip that mistakenly gave the wrong address for the family’s home in the Gravesend section of Brooklyn.

In his letter, Stringer said the probe was a follow-up to a June 15 report that “found significant deficiencies in ACS’s processes.”

In addition to Stringer’s findings, ACS is bracing for the release of a report by the city Department of Investigation early next year. Last week, DOI Commissioner Mark Peters said his probe would reveal “failures at the highest level” of ACS.


Both ACS and Mayor Bill de Blasio’s office disputed Stringer’s findings, saying 21 of the 38 deaths Stringer cited had no prior history with ACS. They also said seven other deaths stemmed from unsafe sleeping conditions, two were illness-related, one was determined to be accidental, and the official cause of two others remained pending.

The existence of five other child death cases cited by Stringer is being disputed by the de Blasio administration. “It’s no surprise that ACS’s data was cherry-picked to support a simplified and largely inaccurate conclusion,” mayoral spokesperson Aja Worthy-Davis said. “This report contains many inaccuracies — such as a base misunderstanding of child-protective review protocols and legal rules regarding risk assessment. Our focus remains on aggressive reform meant to protect every child that we interact with.


11 responses to “In just 3 months, 10 kids died on NYC child services’ watch

  1. Frankly, I hope the b _ _ ch that was charged with overseeing Zymere’s life never works another day in her life in gainful employment. She needs to be jailed, as do the rest of the city employees who have played into these tragedies. Then the next major question that comes to mind . . . why do the women who have these sweet, vulnerable children choose to expose their babies to men who hate them to the extent that they, the boyfriend end’s up taking the child’s life? Is the sex that good, that they cannot do without, or does that man bring in such a lucrative income that she (the mother) cannot live without it????? Whatever the case, she needs to be sterilized tomorrow and start her jail sentence the following day!

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  2. And the Lib/Progs answer to this-“Give us more Money and Power!”.
    Get the damn Lib/Progs out and the Churches back in.
    If a woman lets her “boy-friend” punish or abuse her child to the point it draws official attention, she either “loses” the boy-friend or loses the child(ren) and all her damn welfare!
    We can’t let this death-spiral of violence and crime continue. An abused kid will grow up hard and easily fall into gangs, drugs, & crime.

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  3. I worked for ACS’s Queens office as a lawyer, for a short time between 2001-2002. The head attorney was a smug, Jewish chauvinist who I believe is now the head of the Manhattan office. My supervisor was a horrible, third-rate attorney from Gujarat. This was a place of cronyism, nepotism, incompetence, and mobbing anyone who did not kowtow to this regime. The judges were incompetent too. There have been investigations into bribery for judge appointments in the NY court system. I would wager the majority of judges in NY Family court are there through cronyism, nepotism (mainly by “the tribe”) and outright bribery.

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  4. the people running child “welfare” or child “protective” services are the least qualified to be around children….
    Our children are sacrificed by the govt and the results are: death, profit, physical/sexual abuse, pharmaceutical/medical industry involvement and abuse, trafficking from Christian families to place in homosexual households, trafficking to satanists where they disappear forever.
    our govt cares not for children, and the instances cited in nyc are just a microcosm of the evil and hatred this misopedic government has towards children. abortion is another level that shows how little our govt cares for children, and again, nyc is a prime example.

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  5. Somebody should return the favor to Mr. Smith if the allegations are true.

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  6. Thank you for publishing this piece, DCG. That has been going on in Massachusetts, too.

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  7. Kevin J Lankford

    Let us not forget, these are the same people who promote “planned parenthood”.

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    • In other words, the lives of these little one’s come very cheaply, so they don’t see a big problem if millions are lost to abortion, then a few more to being assaulted by negligent parent(s) and angry Mama boyfriends!


  8. This is so heart rendering, it is hard to reply. I hope the offenders get their just dues and quickly.
    I remember the little girl in Florida, a few years back, that the services lost track of for years.
    There is a place in hell for those that don’t take care of God’s children.


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