Mayor Calls for Probe of ACS after Queens Girl's Beating Death

By Ben Fractenberg on February 6, 2014 6:31pm 

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 Mayor Bill de Blasio called a review of ACS "policies and practices" after a second child in one month died after being beaten, Feb. 6, 2014.
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MELROSE — Mayor Bill de Blasio called for a review of the "policies and practices at ACS" on Thursday, a day after a Far Rockaway mother was arrested in the beating death of her 2-year-old daughter.

Ashley Diaz, 28, was charged with second-degree murder after her daughter Kevasia Edwards was found unresponsive in their apartment at Beach 56th Place on Monday.

"We are going to take a very deep look and come back to the public with a vision of how to move forward," the mayor said at an unrelated press conference in the Bronx Thursday afternoon. "I cannot accept the death of any child and we have to make sure we are doing everything possible to protect our children."

Edwards' death was eerily similar to the death of Myls Dobson, who was allegedly tortured and starved by the woman looking after him in her Midtown apartment early January.

Prosecutors said Kevasia had suffered burns and broken bones and that Diaz stood idly by for more than a half hour while her daughter was unresponsive after suffering a seizure.

The mother had been investigated by the Administration for Children's Services multiple times, as recently as 2012, according to sources.

De Blasio added that there would be a "full investigation of each case," the details of which will be provided to the public.

"These cases affect me very personally as a parent and I cannot ever hear these reports and not feel something very strong," he said.

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