Two ACS Workers in NY CPS indicted in death of 4-year-old

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — A special investigative grand jury will be convened to look at evidence of “systemic failure” at New York City’s child welfare agency after the death of an emaciated 4-year-old girl, the Brooklyn district attorney said Wednesday.

Charles J. Hynes said former workers with the Administration for Children’s Services didn’t do enough to help Marchella Brett-Pierce, who weighed 18 pounds when she died in September. Marchella’s death was the latest in a line of troubles linked to the agency and harkened comparisons to the 2006 case of Nixzmary Brown, a 7-year-old New York City girl who died of abuse and malnourishment.

“There’s an Italian word, it’s called ‘basta.’ It means, ‘enough,’” DA Hynes told CBS 2′s Pablo Guzman.

1010 WINS’ Carol D’Auria reports from the criminal courthouse in Brooklyn

Brooklyn District Attorney Charles J. Hynes said the former workers with the Administration for Children’s Services didn’t do enough to help Marchella Brett-Pierce, who weighed 18 pounds when she died in September.

Child welfare caseworker Damon Adams

and supervisor Chereece Bell were charged Wednesday with criminally negligent homicide the first time in the city’s history that a caseworker has been charged in the death of a child in their supervision.

Child welfare caseworker Damon Adams

Shame on Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who came out in support of ACS Commissioner John Mattingly (pictured together in 2007) in the aftermath of the charges filed against two child welfare caseworkers.  Read more on the Daily News

“I don’t know if the charges are true but I have 100% confidence in John Mattingly,” Bloomberg said Thursday, March 24, 2011.

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6 Responses to Two ACS Workers in NY CPS indicted in death of 4-year-old

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  4. hello my name is Kimberly Randall and i live in Westchester NY where i am dealing with cps and a difficult 14 year old child who has been diagnosed with adhd bipolar conduct disorder and emotional disturb who was taken away from in 2009 but returned to me in 2011.i was doing everything that i was supposed to and she would lie to these people and because i did not give her way she said i punched her in the face witch i did not do this she got in a fight with some girls and had some scratches and a bruise on her she said i did it to her not to mention that she was supposed to be on 500 mg of depakote twice a day and was only on 250 mgs twice a day that was written on the bottle when i said i could not control her they refused to take her out my home the cps worker said i did this to i have not had a doctor the first to sy this to me can anyone help with a good lawyer they are trying to take my 4 year old daughter away from me they only thing that saved her she was in yonkers with my daughter in law

  5. PLEASE JOIN US we are MOTHERS WHO WANT OUR CHILDREN BACK, and there are a LOT OF MEDICAL ISSUES CONNECTED WITH MEDICATIONS USED ON CHILDREN, THIS IS SOMETHING THAT IS BECOMING QUITE COMMON AND CPS NEEDS TO STOP DRUGGING CHILDREN IN THE FIRST PLACE AN FIND OUT HOW TO REALLY HELP THEM. you have the opposite ends of the spectrum of cps and you are caught up in a nightmare with the rest of us…

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