NYC Child Services Paid Little Attention As A Child Died Under Their Nose

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Kryzie KingBy Daphne R

New York City child welfare workers are said to have visited the home of Myls Dobson, age 4, on nine separate occasions, never did they realize the boy’s father who has had custody of him since August 2012 was in jail in connection with a fraud case. Each time the case workers asked of the father’s whereabouts, they were told by his partner that he was at work.

Okee Wade, 37, the boy’s father, has an extensive criminal record. Yet, case workers never bothered to check with his parole officer to determine his whereabouts or status. A condition of Wade receiving custody of his son was to have regular visits from the Administration of Child Services visit for a year to check up on thechild and contact the father’s parole officer.

The boy was found tortured to death while in the care of a Manhattan woman who admits to starving, burning and beating him. The boy died on January 8th. The boy was found unconscious and unresponsive on the bathroom floor of the woman’s apartment in the upscale Ritz Plaza. He was later pronounced dead at the hospital.

According to court documents, the boy had burn marks and abrasions on his head, neck, face and testicles. There were also bruises and numerous marks made by an object on his abdomen and legs and wrists. The bruises were consistent with being restrained. Other evidence included lacerations to his fingers, abrasions to his armpit, and bruises and scars on his back. Additionally, the child appeared to be malnourished.

Mayor Bill de Blasio ordered a review of the case files and determined that the caseworker was told by the woman that the boy’s father was absent from the home because he was working long hours on his job.

“We were told that the father was working, and was working very long hours, 16 hours a day, and that’s why he wasn’t available,” Gladys Carrion, the head of Administration of Child Services said at a news conference with the Mayor on Friday.

She added, “Should we have done something differently? Yes, we should have.”

Review of the case also determined that caseworkers missed important signs that the boy was in danger.

“We can’t look at a situation like this and say that business as usual is acceptable,” de Blasio said.

The woman was indicted for the boy’s death in a Manhattan criminal court on Wednesday. She has been identified as Kryzie King, age 27. Ms. King has been charged with first-degree assault, first-degree reckless endangerment, endangering the welfare of a child and unlawful imprisonment. Prosecutors say that Ms. King also was being investigated on suspicion of murder and faced additional charges. The indictment is expected to be unsealed on February 5.

King’s attorney, Bryan Konoski, said: “My client is not charged with homicide at this time, and she is presumed to be innocent of allegations against her. I would tell everyone not to jump to any conclusions at this time.”

The child’s mother, Ashlee Dobson, faced abuse and neglect charges in South Carolina and New York City in 2012 before ultimately losing custody of the boy to his father. Myls’ parents are expected at attend his memorial service Tuesday night at First Corinthian Baptist Church in Harlem.


Daphne R is an experienced marketing and communications professional that provides social commentary, self-help, tips, and reports news of events that matter to African Americans.


  1. Rae

    January 20, 2014 at 1:48 am

    This child was failed by every single adult in his short little life! Truly sad

  2. Snowbound

    January 20, 2014 at 3:05 am

    Poor ‘lil tink tink.

  3. Barbara

    January 20, 2014 at 5:11 am

    This is so heartbreaking. That poor baby.

  4. elton le maitre

    January 20, 2014 at 6:58 am

    I think that the NYC welfare workers who visited this poor baby on nine separate occasions and saw no signs of abuse ,should be charged also and fired from the job.The beast who tortured God’s little angel should be locked away and tortured likewise.

  5. Michel

    January 20, 2014 at 8:00 am

    Put that angry hateful female in jail…there r mothers there that will Teach her some parenting skills!

  6. Oh My!

    January 20, 2014 at 11:42 am

    This beautiful child was failed by ALL adults that came into contact with him. May he Rest in Paradise and EVERYONE involved in NOT protecting him be punished.

  7. Ann G.

    January 20, 2014 at 1:49 pm

    This has got to be one of the saddest articles I have read. What this child must have went through! I will never be able to figure out how any one can so mistreat a child, this is just horrible! He is at peace and rest at last. This woman needs the chair and I don’t mean the dining room chair. This child’s mother was no good and neither was his father nor the tramp his father left him with. I will say this, the social workers did not do their job, but today, there are so many in the system they are over worked with cases, my son who is a SW got away from it due to 30-40 cases and this was 3 years ago. They have to travel from where ever that case started from, to sometimes 200 miles away where they have sent the child in-state. Which is stupid to me if they have SW’s in that vicinity at least that is the way it is done here in KY, they don’t have near enough case workers to take care of the clients the way that they need to be taken care of. In this state someone is always falling thru the cracks and that is just sad considering our children are our most precious gems, they are our tomorrow.

  8. Debbie

    January 20, 2014 at 10:34 pm

    God , help us to see the signs when our kids are hurting, help us to listen for the things that they do not speak and help us to provide a safe haven so that they are protected. ! Amen! B

  9. Daisy

    January 23, 2014 at 5:43 pm

    This poor little boy was doomed from the start.

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