The grandmother of the 5-year-old Buffalo boy beaten to death earlier this week said she had asked Erie County child protection officials to remove the accused killer from the child’s life several times prior to the boy’s death.
“I looked straight in the face of the Child Protective Services worker and said, what … is it going to take?” said Robin Hart, the maternal grandmother of Eain Clayton Brooks. “Matt has been beating Eain and also chemically burned him. What is it going to take? And now Eain has been killed by him.”
Eain died from blunt force trauma to the head and body Tuesday, following an attack in his mother and her boyfriend’s West Side home Sunday, according to police.
Matthew Kuzdzal, 26, the boyfriend, has been charged with second-degree murder.
Police were called to the boy’s home on Albany Street after someone placed a 911 call, saying the boy had fallen down the stairs. He was taken to Women and Children’s Hospital, where he died.
As police investigated, they uncovered inconsistencies in what they were being told.
Erie County officials declined to comment specifically on the case, except to acknowledge they are investigating the boy’s death.
Peter Anderson, spokesman for Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz, issued this statement:
“There are currently two ongoing investigations into this tragic death, one being conducted by Child Protective Services, as required by law, and one a criminal investigation.
“We are prohibited by law from commenting on any aspects of this case at this time, or for that matter any other CPS case. Like all people, we grieve the passing of this child and we thank the Buffalo Police Department for its rapid, professional response and quick arrest in this matter.”