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Mother Points Finger at ACS in Wake of 4-Year-Old's Death

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The mother of a 4-year-old boy found dead in a Midtown apartment this week is pointing a finger of blame at the city's Administration for Children's Services, saying the agency did not monitor his whereabouts.

Ashlee Dobson, 29, was joined by supporters on Friday.


She says the agency did not monitor Myls Dobson's whereabouts and may be responsible for his death.

"I love my son. I just...he would always love me and give me kisses like, 'Mommy, I love you.' And I would say, 'Myls, I love you too, baby.' So I'll just remember the times we had," Dobson said.

Kryzie King, 27, was arraigned Friday on several charges, including assault and reckless endangerment.

Police say that King had been Dobson's primary caretaker since mid-December after his mother lost custody and his father, whom King was dating, went to jail.

King told police the boy fell off a bathroom counter and into an empty bathtub on Wednesday.

Police say Myls' body had bruises and cigarette burns.

The arraignment documents detailed weeks of abusive treatment.

Police say King admitted to beating the boy with a belt, burning him with an oven rack, and tying and gagging him.

She also said she locked him on an outdoor balcony on Tuesday, when the city hit record-low temperatures.

During arraignment proceedings, prosecutors said she admitted to watching the boy die, then waiting half an hour before calling the police.

Relatives say the boy's father, whom King was dating, asked King to take care of the boy when he went to jail in New Jersey.

Dobson's supporters accused the ACS of a fatal mistake in giving custody to the father because the mother was unemployed and homeless.

There were no immediate details on why Dobson lost custody of her son.

"You took a child from an atmosphere where he was protected where he was safe and put him in a situation where he is no longer here," said Tony Herbert of Advocates Across Borders. "She lost her child because she didn't have the financial means to take care of him at the time she was here. She was in a shelter. They didn't think it was best that she should be in that shelter with the baby, so they gave him to the father."

Dobson says she last saw Myls during a visitation in November and noticed no signs of abuse on her boy, even during bath time.

The Administration for Children's Services released a statement calling Dobson's death a tragedy, and saying it carefully considers caretaking options for children.

It said that custody decisions are approved by Family Court, and ACS no longer has oversight after its involvement with a family ends.

ACS goes on to say, "As instructed by the Mayor, we are launching a thorough review of the case to learn what happened and what might have been done differently to serve the child welfare needs of the little boy; our findings will be submitted to First Deputy Mayor Shorris and Deputy Mayor for Health and Human Services Barrios-Paoli by the end of next week."

The medical examiner is still working to determine the cause of death.

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