Poloncarz Denies Prior Abuse Reports Connected With Toddler's Death
Buffalo, NY (WBEN) On Saturday, Erie County Executive, Mark Poloncarz issued a statement denying reports that Child Protective Services had received prior reports of abuse at the home of 3-year-old, Mayouna Smith who was found dead at an Allenhurst Road residence one week ago.
Poloncarz said that published reports indicating charges of abuse went uninvestigated were totally false, "Erie County emphatically and categorically denies published reports that CPS had received allegations of physical abuse against Mayouna Smith, which include but are not limited to allegations of beatings, lacerations, welts, and bruises. This denial follows a careful review of all available CPS records that found no evidence of a report from the NY State Central Registry or any other evidence or report of prior physical abuse against Mayouna Smith."
Poloncarz went on to state that a one-month-old child has since been taken from the residence and put in foster care. He also wants the official state report made public once it is complete, "We ask the public and other public officials not to rush to judgment. While we do not know why individuals would knowingly pass false information to media outlets, we do know that there can be no good reason for it. We are confident that when the NYS Office of Child & Family Services completes the fatality report for this case, the facts will emerge. We encourage NYS to make the results of that report public.”