'ACS And SCO Services Has Failed Me,' She Tells CBS2 In Exclusive InterviewBy Cory JamesAugust 12, 2021 astatine 8:20 am
NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — An probe is underway aft the tragic decease of a 7-year-old miss successful the Bronx.
Now, the child’s grandma is speaking retired and demanding answers.
“The parent explained that the kid deed her caput connected a table,” Yolanda Davis told CBS2’s Cory James successful an exclusive interrogation Wednesday.
James: “Do you judge that?”
Police recovered 7-year-old Julissia Batties unconscious Tuesday greeting wrong an flat connected Alexander Avenue.
Davis, who raised Batties since birth, said the miss was sent to the flat successful April for a court-ordered play sojourn with her mom.
“The play became 90 days, 90 days became, ‘You person to bash an autarkic review,'” Davis said.
Davis said she repeatedly went to the Administration for Children’s Services and SCO Family of Services to get her granddaughter back, not knowing wherefore Batties was allowed to enactment with a pistillate who she said abused the child.
“At the property of 4 years aged — the day was April 13, 2018 — and what my granddaughter said was, ‘mom deed maine with a hammer,'” she said.
The NYPD would not springiness circumstantial accusation surrounding Batties’ death. One neighbour who did not privation to beryllium identified said she called kid services aggregate times.
“I would perceive screams… They came, they spoke to them,” she told James. “I seen her with a achromatic oculus similar Thursday oregon thing similar that, truthful that’s wherefore I called ACS, due to the fact that she told maine her parent did that to her eye.”
Five days later, the bright-eyed small miss was dead. Loved ones and neighbors created a memorial successful the lobby of the gathering and successful beforehand of the apartment.
Davis said it’s a location Batties should person ne'er been allowed to stay.
“ACS and SCO services has failed me,” she said. “I was trying, I was trying to support this from happening.”
ACS said it is prohibited by authorities instrumentality from sharing whether a household has a past with the agency. James besides reached retired to SCO but has not heard back.
Cory James is an Emmy award-winning anchor. He joined CBS2 arsenic a wide duty newsman successful March 2020. More from Cory James