Activists call for Child Services reform after abuse claims in Brooklyn
Activists are calling for a reform of the Administration for Children's Services after prosecutors say a 3-year-old Gravesend boy was brutally beaten at the hands of his mother's boyfriend.
Public advocate Letitia James says Child Services went to the wrong address after receiving a tip about the boy being beat just days before the incident occurred. She is calling for a complete reform of Child Services, suggesting that specific duties be assigned to different agencies and that the organization should offer more training to workers.
Salvatore Lucchese, 24, was indicted Wednesday on charges of assault and endangering the welfare of a child.
Investigators say Lucchese told them he was giving his girlfriend's son, Jaydon Jordon, a bath when the toddler hit his head and fell down.
Jaydon remains in the hospital with a lacerated liver, an injury doctors say is consistent with a blow or punch to the stomach. Doctors says the boy also sustained a brain injury likely due to shaking, choking or suffocation.
A doctor who testified stated Jaydon is in grave condition and will likely not make it.