State to Conduct Review of Erie County CPS

September 25, 2013 Updated Sep 25, 2013 at 11:30 PM EDT

By John Borsa

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September 25, 2013 Updated Sep 25, 2013 at 11:30 PM EDT

BUFFALO, NY (WKBW) - The death of five-year-old Eain Brooks has state officials taking a closer look at Erie County Child Protective Services.

The West Side Buffalo boy was found dead last week -- beaten to death, allegedly at the hands of his mother's boyfriend.

The State Office of Children and Family Services says it will perform a top-level review of Erie County CPS and fully investigate Eain's death.

Children and Family Services says it will:
-Conduct safety assessments on all open CPS cases
-Review the next 200 cases before they are closed, to ensure that thorough investigations were conducted.
-And suspend the county's FAR Program, an alternative program to deal with child protection issues.

The FAR -- or Family Assessment Response -- program was used to evaluate the CPS case of 10-year-old Abdifatah Mohamud.

He was beaten to death in April, 2012 by his 40-year-old step-father, Ali Mohamed Mohamud, who is serving a prison term of 25-years-to-life.

This year, the state ruled that the county inappropriately applied the FAR program to Abdifatah's case.

It is still unknown if complaints to CPS by Eain's family were sent through the FAR program.

In Eain's case, his family says it tried to warn CPS officials about 26-year-old Matthew Kuzdzal, who is charged with second-degree murder in the child's death.

Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz says his administration is cooperating with the state's review of CPS.

"The protection of our children is of paramount concern, and we must take every step possible to prevent another tragedy," Poloncarz said in a statement.

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