Family Law Prof Blog

Editor: Margaret Ryznar
Indiana University
Robert H. McKinney School of Law

Monday, February 6, 2006

Child Beaten to Death

"Child welfare officials in New York have been feverishly reviewing cases and procedures in the weeks since 7-year-old Nixzmary Brown was tortured and beaten to death, despite numerous reports that she was at risk. But the reforms came too late for 4-year-old Quachaun Browne, who was horribly beaten to death this week, even though reports of trouble had brought caseworkers to the apartment that the boy shared with his siblings, his mother and her boyfriend, who has been charged with murdering the child.

The child welfare agency's commissioner came perilously close to rationalizing this child's death when he said that there was no evidence that caseworkers could have prevented this tragedy. At the same time, however, he said that the department should not have viewed reports of chronic neglect at this troubled home as isolated incidents." New York Times Editorial Link to Article (last visited 2-5-06 NVS)

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