A funeral service was held Tuesday for the 4-year-old boy who was tortured and killed, allegedly by the woman who was supposed to be taking care of him. NY1's Magee Hickey filed the following report.
The hearse carrying the body of 4-year-old Myls Dobson was two hours late to the first Corinthian Baptist Church Tuesday, stuck in the snowstorm on the FDR drive.
Once the casket entered the sanctuary, there were sobs from Myls' grandmother in the front row. His mother in the second row was shaking with grief, and his father had to be comforted by relatives.
Kryzie King, a friend of Myls' father, is behind bars, charged with assault and reckless endangerment after the 4-year-old was found starving and near death in a Manhattan apartment.
The father, Okee Wade, got custody of Myls in 2011 after an Administration for Children's Services worker accused Myls' mother of child neglect. It was that city agency that the Rev. Al Sharpton blasted in his eulogy.
"This is not about a mother or father. This is about how a city protects a 4-year-old child," Sharpton said. "Somebody at ACS needs to be held accountable."
Mayor Bill de Blasio released a preliminary report on the Dobson case Friday and said that there were several opportunities where Myls could have been saved, but he did not say that ACS is to blame for the child's death.
Most family members chose not to speak before the funeral, but Kim Moore, a friend of Myls' maternal grandmother, did.
Q: Who do you blame for what happened here?
Moore: The person that did it. I blame them. But then again, you have to blame the system, too, for putting him with the father, not knowing the situation he was in.
Sharpton is hoping that the legacy of Myls Dobson will be improvements in the way ACS handles court-ordered supervision of children, something that the new mayor said will be a top priority.