New York City's Administation for Children’s Services left 4-year-old Myls Dobson in the custody of his father, Okee Wade, even though he was serving five months in jail.
Dobson was found dead and beaten while in the care of his father’s girlfriend, Kryzie King last week.
Wade, 37, was awarded full custody of Dobson in Aug. 2012, when the boy was three. The next month Wade was arrested on fraud charges.
City officials admitted Friday that the Administration for Children’s Services, which should have monitored the Dobson’s placement for a year, failed to consult with his father’s parole officer, as ordered by a judge.
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Despite making nine visits to Wade’s Brooklyn apartment, the ACS says it never realized Wade was in jail. Wade’s girlfriend at the time, Addy Holmes, reportedly told caseworkers that Wade was “at work" when they visited.
“Every time we went to visit, we were told the father was working very long hours, 16 hours a day, and that’s why he wasn’t available,” ACS Commissioner Gladys Carrion said.
Carrion said caseworkers are not required to meet with a parent.
“Should we have done something differently? Yes,” she said.
When Wade was arrested on Dec. 19, he left his son in the care of 27-year-old Kryzie King.
On Jan. 8, Dobson was found dead in a bathtub.
The 4-year-old was beaten, starved, burned and tortured. King was charged with first-degree assault and first-degree reckless endangerment.
“It’s very, very painful to know that this child went through such agony. That a child was lost,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio, who has launched an investigation into the handling of the boy’s case. He plans to announced a series of reforms to ACS to ensure another child can’t slip through the cracks.