ACS Suspends 4 More Managers Over Death Of Zymere Perkins, 6

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Four more managers from the Administration of Children’s Services have been suspended in connection with the case of 6-year-old Zymere Perkins, whose death in Harlem sparked outrage across the city when news broke that calls to help him had fallen through the cracks.

ACS confirmed Wednesday that it had suspended two managers in the Child Protective Division – one assistant commissioner and one borough commissioner – and two managers in the General Counsel’s office – one director and one assistant director.

They will all serve 30-day suspensions without pay, ACS said.

Five child protective staffers – one manager, two supervisors, and two caseworkers – were suspended last week, and ACS is auditing their case practices.

“As we continue to review this case, we may take other disciplinary action as appropriate,” an ACS representative said in a statement.

Zymere was found dead in his family’s apartment late last month. Prosecutors said a preliminary autopsy showed the boy had several broken ribs, old injuries and was severely malnourished. Prosecutors alleged that he was beaten with a broom handle by his mother’s boyfriend.

Zymere’s mother, 26-year-old Geraldine Perkins, and her boyfriend, 42-year-old Rysheim Smith, have been charged with child endangerment.

The boy had apparently suffered years of abuse before he died on Sept. 26. The Administration for Children’s Services had previously received five child abuse complaints, but no action was taken.

Since Zymere’s death, the actions of several city agencies have been probed, including the NYPD.

Mayor Bill de Blasio also announced a series of ACS reforms, including new training for case workers; appointing an outside team to provide oversight of child protection; and giving guidance to teachers about reporting abuse.


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