According to authorities the tragic death of a New York City child was preceded by multiple anonymous calls stating the child’s caretaker, her 20 year old mother, was neglecting to properly care for the two year old girl.
Callers alleged (in separate calls), that the home of the mother and child was filthy. Depending on how grimy the house actually was the little girl could have been at risk for any number of injuries. Excess clutter and dirt can also contribute to house fires and make it more difficult to escape them. The callers also claimed the child did not have adequate food, and that the mother of the child was leaving her daughter with others for extended periods of time.
A caseworker visited the Brooklyn apartment and met with the child and her mother. The caseworker described the child as healthy and happy and the mother caring and attentive.
Several days later a fire ripped through the Brooklyn apartment.
The two year old victim was home alone at the time, her mother left around midnight the previous evening. When she returned home firefighters had already gotten the fire under control and cleared the scene, unaware the little girl had attempted to hide under a bed.
The mother of the victim has been charged with reckless endangerment and endangering the welfare of a child.
While the negligence of the child’s mother is blatant, a grieving community is left to question whether the agency’s entrusted with protecting New York City’s children could have or should have done more to prevent the tragic events that unfolded. You can find more information here.