ACS Head Gets Support From Mayor Bloomberg

NEW YORK (CBS 2) — Mayor Michael Bloomberg came out in defense of the head of the Administration for Children’s Services after two social workers with the agency were charged with criminally negligent homicide.

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Mayor Bloomberg (Marc A. Hermann-Pool/Getty Images)

“I don’t know if the charges are true but I have 100 percent confidence in John Mattingly.  This city is so lucky to have him. I don’t know what you’d do if you lose him. Most jobs you can find somebody else. This guy is world-renowned and has 100 percent of my confidence,” he said.

Former workers Chereece Bell and Damon Adams were charged Wednesday. It was the first such prosecution of ACS case workers in New York City.

Adams was accused of never visiting 4-year-old Marchella Brett-Pierce who was beaten and weighed just 18 pounds when she died in September, and with falsifying records after her death.

The little girl’s mother, Carlotta Brett-Pierce, was charged in November with second-degree murder. Her grandmother, Loretta Brett, was charged with second-degree manslaughter.

Bell, who supervised Adams, faced charges for failing to monitor his work. Her lawyer shouldn’t be held responsible.

“Where is the management? How about the people that were in charge?” said attorney Joshua Horowitz.

Brooklyn District Attorney Charles Hynes vowed to investigating the entire agency.

“There’s an Italian word. It’s called basta. It means enough,” said Hynes.

Do you agree with the mayor? Let us know below…

  • Dexter

    There has not been an effort on the part of any elected official, nor any of those individuals appointed to serve as commissioner to make any of the comprehensive changes needed at ACS. While the claim on the part of these elected and appointed leaders historically has been that there is this great concern for the safety of the at risk children, they have not found the safety and well being of the children worth $50,000 a year for staff who are required to have a 4 year degree and who have as difficult a job as any of those employees averaging over $50,000. a year. It is naive to think that that lack of commitment on the part of our leadership is not a major factor in this. The judges who preside over these cases issue rulings that in many cases are tantamount to asking case workers to perform miracles without any resources. The case worker is serving a population that is poor and disenfranchised, and as such, is the focus of nothing more than lip service from politicians who offer nothing of substance. People run from this work and he people who stay stay because they care about the families or because there is no other work, and they are hoping to get out of the field.The district attorney should be ashamed of himself for charging these workers for the death of this child. It is so interesting that the people who spend so many years in school, and choose to work with families who are so disrespected are also subjected to the same treatment as the people they serve. How can you say you care about the children when you show no concern for the people entrusted to care for the children. Ms. Bell is absolutely right when she says she is NOT the problem. We can do better than this as a society, and until we do too many of these cases are a disaster waiting to happen.

  • David Goldstein

    If the mother would have gotten an abortion the child would not have suffered and the ACS workers would not be in trouble. Also saving taxpayers money.

  • Sonny B. Southerland, Sr.

    We need a mayor that cares about protecting the children, not his friend. There’s no concern towards the children or the parents that harmed by the City’s workers lack of respect for the family and family rights. ACS worker lied to a family court judge to remove my children on false allegation and ACS protected his wrongful action. My case is still pending in the United States Federal Court of Appeals, since 1997. I don’t believe nothing they say…… Checkout my video’s on this issue on Youtube at Peopleadvocacy…..

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