QUEENSBURY, N.Y. - The New York Office of Children and Family Services is coming under fire in Warren County for allegedly dropping the ball on how they handle calls to their child abuse hotline.
Warren County District Attorney Kate Hogan says two recent cases in the county are being questioned, causing major concern about the way Child Protective Service is handling their hotline calls.
One case: Brandon Warrington was found guilty in the death of his ex-girlfriend's 5-year-old son Gary Carpenter after prolonged abuse. He has not been sentenced yet.
Hogan says both of these cases had been reported to the child abuse hotline. The exact nature of the cases and the people involved will remain confidential by OCFS.
The Office of Children and Family Services registers statewide child abuse and runs a confidential 1-800 hotline for people to call and report suspected child abuse. The hotline is run by OCFS and when suspected problems arise, it is OCFS that does the investigating. Hogan says an outside entity should conduct those investigations to gain a system of checks and balances and to make sure no cases fall through the cracks.
"There are really big issues with this system, and it's not just with respect to the two cases in which there were hotline calls that ultimately resulted in the death of a child," Hogan says. "Even after raising those concerns with the office of children and family services that oversees the hotline calls, since I've raised those concerns with them, I've had two other incidents."
The Office of Children and Family Services Abuse Hotline can be reached at 1-800-342-3720.
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