BK officials look to spread awareness of child abuse
Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams is ramping up efforts to spread awareness of early signs of child abuse after a woman was arrested for beating her 4-year-old son to death.
Adams is teaming up with the founder of the district attorney's Crimes Against Children Bureau, engaging the community on how to identify early signs of child abuse.
He spoke at the New Life Cathedral on Sunday urging congregants to be vigilant of the public symptoms of child abuse.
As News 12 reported, 26-year-old Zarah Coombs confessed to brutally beating her young son, Zamair, to death.
Relatives say she snapped after becoming irritated with her son, beating him with a broomstick. She then put him in a makeshift bathtub - initially telling authorities he fell and hit his head - before confessing.
Officials are doubling down on Operation CARE, an acronym for child abuse response and engagement. The program launched after a similar incident in December, when 3-year-old Jaden Jordan was allegedly beaten to death by his mother's boyfriend.
Officials are hoping their outreach will allow neighbors to better identify child abuse and prevent it from happening in the future.