Some months ago, a four year old Brooklyn Girl, who weighed only eighteen pounds, died of malnutrition, dehydration, drug poisoning and injuries resulting from abuse.
New York’s child welfare agency was already involved in the Girl’s life and had assigned a caseworker to her case.
At the time of her death, the Girl had allegedly been beaten regularly … and bound to her bed.
Her mother and grandmother both reportedly were aware of these facts.
The Girl’s mother and grandmother have both since been indicted for murder and manslaughter, respectively.
The Girl’s caseworker and his supervisor both allegedly subsequently made false entries in the Girl’s case file to reflect, fraudulently, that the child welfare agency had done its job, visiting, or attempting to schedule visits to the Girl’s home, and checking on her welfare.
In fact, the caseworker reportedly made no visits or attempts to check on the Girl and had not complied with the agency’s requirement of biweekly checks.
For their alleged negligence and attempted fraud in this case, the child welfare agency’s caseworker and supervisor were indicted for criminally negligent homicide, official misconduct and endangering the welfare of a child, as well as falsifying and tampering with public records.
The charges against the child welfare workers are believed to be the first of their kind in New York.
The child welfare workers’ defend that they were just following orders from higher ranked individuals in the agency and, apparently, that they are unfairly being made scapegoats.
The child welfare agency is concerned that the charges will adversely impact recruiting of child welfare staff.