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.


sorry to interrupt
your first 20 are free
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Time Warner® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please enjoy 20 complimentary views of articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.
you have reached your 5 view limit
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Time Warner® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please login, create an account or subscribe to continue enjoying News12.
Our sign-up page is undergoing maintenance and is not currently available. However, you will be given direct access to news12.com while we complete our upgrade.
When we are back up and running you will be prompted at that time to complete your sign in. Until then, enjoy the local news, weather, traffic and more that's "as local as local news gets."