After an investigation into the death of Brooks, two Child Protective Services employees have been fired, two others suspended, and two people in leadership positions have been reassigned.
The actions follow a review of the Sept. 17 death of Eain Clayton Brooks, who was beaten inside his Buffalo home.
Family members tell media outlets they made repeated calls to child welfare officials demanding the boy be removed from the home.
Matthew Kuzdzal, the 26-year-old boyfriend of the boy's mother, has been charged with second-degree murder. Kuzdzal's assigned attorney couldn't be reached for comment.Poloncarz says he doesn't want a repeat of that, and his message is simple: "We will terminate someone if you don't do a good job. You will be held accountable if you make mistakes," warns Poloncarz. "I don't want anymore Abdifatha Mohammeds, I don't want anymore Eain Brooks. We have to ensure we have the strongest child protective services unit so we don't have anymore cases like this."
Poloncarz says the decision to reassign the two in leadership position was his.
"I wanted to ensure new, fresh eyes, that had experience in this department were put in place to address the needs and to ensure if things are being done, they're being done properly. If we need to change practices and protocols, they're being done," explains Poloncarz.
But he says don't pain the department with a wide brush.
"What happened this week is not an indictment on the hard working men and women of Child Protective Services," says Poloncarz. "There are individuals who are very experienced, very diligent, who work hard every day to protect children in this community.