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How could workers ignore big red flags?

I am saddened by the alleged murder of little Eain Brooks by his mother’s boyfriend, and wish to express my condolences to his family. However, I am appalled that red flags were ignored by the Erie County Department of Social Services and the New York State Central Register of Child Abuse.

Is it not abuse to stick a child’s head in the toilet? This is “innocent horseplay”? Was it not a red flag to the county and the state that this child was only injured when the boyfriend was alone with him? In addition, suspected abuse was reported by the grandmother, the biological father and a great uncle (the grandmother’s brother). All of these complaints were unfounded?

This couple met around Nov. 22, 2012, and the first report of abuse was made on or about Dec. 10, a mere 18 days later. My question to the county and to the state is: How many more children have to be murdered before officials will investigate complaints more thoroughly and heed the red flags?

Susan Nealon

Hamburg