As promised, Mayor Bill de Blasio released Friday the preliminary results of an investigation into the death of Myls Dobson, who was tortured by a caregiver earlier this month, and the new mayor is promising to overhaul the city's child welfare agency once again. NY1's Courtney Gross filed the following report.
Myls Dobson died earlier this month. The 4-year-old was tortured and beaten in a Midtown apartment.
Mayor Bill de Blasio promised a swift investigation, and on Friday, he released some of those findings.
"A child was lost that we believe there were more than one opportunity to save," he said.
While the new mayor said that the city needs to fix systemic problems with the city's child welfare agency, he did not say it was to blame for Myls' death.
"Again, we're trying to look at the systemic dynamics and find a way forward," he said. "The investigation is continuing."
So far, that investigation found that the Administration for Children's Services did not know that Myls' dad, Okee Wade, was in jail for six months when he had custody of his son.
Case workers visited Myls on nine separate occasions during that time period.
"Every time that we went to that home to visit, the child was with a caregiver, with a babysitter, and was well-cared for," said Gladys Carrion, commissioner of the Administration for Children's Services.
While Myls was under city supervision, from 2011 through August of 2013, ACS never had contact with Kryzie King. King was Myls' caregiver when his father was sent back to jail in New Jersey this December. She was indicted in connection with Myls' death this week.
As part of the preliminary report, the mayor released nine recommendations to improve policies at the city's child welfare agency.
Among them, the city will require an end of supervised court appearance for child welfare cases. It will look to expand access to arrest records and increase inter-agency communication, especially between law enforcement, probation authorities and ACS.
These recommendations also include a review of all of the cases currently under court supervision. The commissioner said that that number is at about $3,200, and the mayor said more could be coming.
"We know there's a lot more to do," de Blasio said.