Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz says he immediately called for a complete review of the response of his Child Protective Service division to the claims of abuse apparently made by Abdifatah Mohamud in the months before his death last week.
The 10 year old made two calls to 911 on April 18th, 2011 according to a police source. That source says officers responded and referred the case to CPS. When asked if they ever investigated, the county department said they could not comment, due to confidentiality laws.
Now, in addition to the County Executive’s review, NY State Senator Patrick Gallivan (R- 59th District) has written a letter to Gladys Carrion, the Commissioner of the New York State Office of Child & Family Services. Gallivan, who chairs the State Senate Social Services Committee, is asking Carrion to conduct her own investigation of the case, as well as the confidentiality laws that prevent any disclosure of how a case like this is investigated. Gallivan says that disclosure is a key to maintaining public confidence in CPS.