De Blasio: Child Welfare Service Missed Signs in Case of Abused 4-Year-Old That Led to His Death

The Administration for Children’s Services released a report revealing policy holes that may have played a role in the tragic death of 4-year-old Myls Dobson last week after being abused by his caretaker.

Mayor de Blasio detailed the findings at a press conferences pointing out that several incidents in which the agency could have better oversight. When the ACS visited Myls on 9 separate occasions, they reported that he was doing well in the care of the woman Mr. Wade was dating at the time. Every time the ACS went to the home, they were told that the father was working 16 hour days and was not available. Commissioner of the ACS Gladys Carrion admits that they could have done something differently.

It is unclear whether the caretaker was Kryzie King, 27, who allegedly beat, burned and starved Myls while he was in her care. De Blasio did point out that the report indicated policy changes needed to be made.

These changes include giving ACS expanded access to court documents so they can see caregivers’ active arrests and access arrest and conviction information. ACS was not aware that Myls’ father was incarcerated from September 2012 to February 2013. In additional, changes would include working with the NYS Department of Parole and the New York City Department of Probation so the agencies can be notified if a caretaker is on parole or on probation when given custody. In addition, families will have to appear in family court before ACS can close the books on their cases. 

This is a terrible tragedy. If your child has been seriously neglected or abused by their caretaker, contact us immediately for help.

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