De Blasio: Report Shows Children Falling Through Cracks In The System

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Six years after the death of Nixmary Brown, New York City’s public advocate says children are still falling through the cracks of the system.

LISTEN: WCBS 880’s Monica Miller reports

Nixmary Brown, a 7-year-old girl from Brooklyn, died as a result of abuse and neglect in Jan. of 2006. Despite warnings, city welfare workers failed to anything about reports of abuse leading up to her death.

But now, Public Advocate Bill de Blasio says a new state report that looked at 75 child fatality reports last year shows there is still work to be done to improve the child welfare system.

“Poor reports were the average and some cases, it was as high as 15 reports before the child was lost,” said de Blasio. “That clearly says there are times when we have information as a city and we’re not acting on it.”

De Blasio says the city’s Administration of Children’s Services has disputed the study.

“They essentially said everything is fine, they’re doing everything that can be done,” he said. “I don’t believe that for a moment.”

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