NYS: Erie County Didn't Do Enough to Help Boy Beaten to Death By Stepfather

May 30, 2013 Updated May 30, 2013 at 8:39 PM EDT

By Mitch Simon

May 30, 2013 Updated May 30, 2013 at 8:39 PM EDT

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) - A report from the state says Erie County didn't do enough to help 10-year-old Abifatah Mohamud before he was beaten to death by his stepfather.

Abdifatah was killed in April of 2012. In December, his stepfather, 40-year-old Ali Mohamed Mohamud, was sentenced to the maximum 25 years to life in prison for the murder.

The state report on his death is sealed, but sources familiar with it's content tell Eyewitness News that Erie County didn't handle the boy's complaints with a traditional child abuse investigation.

Instead, Child Protective Services relied on the Family Assesment Response Program, which brings caseworkers and families together to work through a crisis as a team.

New York State says the FAR Program was not the way to go.

In response to the report, Erie County officials responded to the allegations the case was mishandled.

Officials say Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz expressed concerns about the program early in his administration before Abdi's death. The Department of Social Services decided it would use the FAR Program in fewer circumstances.