DOI: Major ACS Reforms Needed After Agency's Handling of Deadly Child Abuse Case

A new report says the death of a 3-year-old boy last November is the result of systemic issues at the city's child welfare agency. NY1's Courtney Gross filed the following report.

It may be the worst case of misdirection one can imagine. 

Child protection workers knocked on the wrong door back in November after getting an anonymous tip of child abuse. 

Two days later, 3-year-old Jaden Jordan was beaten so badly, he was put on life support. He died several days later. 

The mother's boyfriend is charged in the case.

Now, an independent investigation has found the city's child welfare agency could have saved little Jaden's life. 

The city's Department of Investigation found the "depth of errors over this two-day period was so significant" that they went to the heart of the agency's core mission of protecting children. It says this was another example of systemic problems at the agency. 

"It is a sign that this is an agency that is still in denial of the grave problems at the agency," said Mark Peters, commissioner of the Department of Investigation.

It found child welfare workers had access to databases to check the Brooklyn address. It also found the unit this tip went to, which works on nights and weekends, is poorly trained and inadequately staffed.

"Quite frankly, it is shocking that in 2017, DOI would have to say to ACS, 'You need a fully staff intake unit on nights and weekends,'" Peters said.

This is just one of several devastating cases at the agency in the last several months. One after the other after the other, these little lives have ended. All of these families were familiar to ACS. 

On Thursday, there was one more, another 4-year-old allegedly killed by his mother. 

In response to this report, the city's child welfare agency sent a statement that read, "The loss of Jaden Jordan's life is deeply disturbing. From the time we received an anonymous report with various inaccuracies, to the 48 hours in which when we clarified data and visited the location, vital time was lost. We have reviewed and are implementing many of DOI’s recommendations."

Six workers have been disciplined in this case. 

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