BUFFALO, N.Y. - The story by now is an all too familiar one - numerous calls made to Child or Adult Protective Services with reports of severe abuse that end in a murder.
In 2010 it was Laura Cummings, tortured and killed by her mother and brother, then last year Abdi Mohamud killed by his step father, and now last week, five year old Eain Brooks allegedly killed by his mother's boyfriend.
One problem with Child Protective Services could be the high number of cases each worker is responsible for.
County Executive Mark Poloncarz says the caseload here is among the highest in the state.
In Erie County workers are responsible for 200 cases each.
Contrast that with Suffolk County on Long Island where CPS employees there are responsible for 19 cases, fewer than a tenth of Erie County.
Prior to Eian's death, Poloncarz had asked the county legislature to add another seven CPS workers, but that would only reduce caseloads by about ten percent.
County Executive Mark Poloncarz: "We need more child protective service workers to ensure the safety and security of these children."
Scott Brown: "Caseload aside, do you see a problem with policies or procedures where these cases keep coming up?"
County Executive Poloncarz: "We changed a number of procedures and policies after the death of Abdi. We are definitely taking a harder edge look at everything that goes on in Child Protective Services."
Scott Brown: "You said policies and procedures changed after Abdi's death, obviously that didn't work, what do you do now?"
County Executive Poloncarz: "I don't know, I don't know the answer to that Scott we're going to take a look at it and do a complete analysis. The state is doing the same."
Scott Brown: "I think the public is looking for heads roll do you think heads should roll?"
County Executive Poloncarz: "As I said, if mistakes were made here I want people held accountable. When we found out that Eain Brooks was murdered I looked at staff, including members of Child Protective Services, and said if mistakes were made heads are going to roll. Simple as that."