Erie County CPS Had Case Open on Jessica Murphy

May 23, 2014 Updated May 23, 2014 at 6:37 PM EDT


May 23, 2014 Updated May 23, 2014 at 6:37 PM EDT

Buffalo, NY (WKBW) - Lawmakers are once again calling for a major shake-up for CPS in Erie County.

This comes after it was revealed that CPS had a case open for Jessica Murphy, the Buffalo mother accused of stabbing her eight-year-old son to death nearly two weeks ago.

Multiple sources say CPS had been called in March -- not for a direct threat against Noe, but concerns over his mother's mental well being.

Recently, a worker assigned to Murphy had been suspended without pay for not meeting job standards on multiple cases.

The worker's cases were being reassigned, and a caseworker was supposed to visiting the Murphy home just hours after Jacob was killed.

Sources say the original case worker has been fired. Noe's case was not the final straw in the decision to terminate the employee, even though sources say it was "one of the pieces of the puzzle."

Now Erie County Legislators Joseph Lorigo and Lynne Dixon want the Commissioner of the Social Services Department, Carol Dankert-Maurer gone.

Lorigo says he also wants better training and supervision for caseworkers, after multiple children have died at the hands of their caregivers. Some of those alleged homicides happened after CPS had been called.

Meanwhile, County Executive Mark Poloncarz released a statement saying in part, "making a scapegoat of any single individual will not improve the department."

He added that as a result of CPS reform recently, in the last year, "there have been 33 disciplinary actions in Child Protective Services, including five terminations and nine suspensions."