Buffalo, NY -- At least two Erie County legislators are calling for major reform for Child Protective Services across the state.
It is not only the death of Eain Brooks that has them concerned. Last year, the step-father of 10-year-old Abdi Mohamud was convicted of beating the boy to death and sentenced to 25 years to life.
"Eain's family called for help more than once. Abdi Mohamud, he, a little kid, himself, called for help more than once. We should have been able to help them. It's just that simple," says NYS Assemblywoman Crystal Peoples-Stokes.
Peoples-Stokes is calling for state-wide reform when it comes to ensuring the safety of our children.
State Senator Tim Kennedy has already asked for the state to do a full-scale investigation into CPS in Erie County. He calls the plans to hire more case workers a positive step, but says that is not enough.
"We're going to continue to look into this and hold people accountable at the end of the day," says Kennedy.
Peoples-Stokes says a grand jury report that just came out in New York City includes 15 recommended legislative items including a mandatory annual state audit of CPS.
Next month, Peoples-Stokes has helped organize a public hearing for child advocates, social workers and parents to talk about changes that can be made at the state level next legislative session.
She says problems within CPS are not new and while firing people who are not doing their jobs is a start, more needs to be done.
"If this sort of level of scrutiny had happened when Laura Cummings was killed by her family, even though she was in, at the time, Adult Protective Services, she started out in CPS, so if there was an audit procedure was regularly done, of these local agencies, I think we could have fixed some things so that that didn't happen," she says.
When asked about funding for updating CPS regulations, Peoples-Stokes says changes are necessary whatever the cost.
"I don't think that this should be an issue of funding. This should be an issue of how do we save the lives of children that we as a society are supposed to be protecting," said Peoples-Stokes.
Peoples-Stokes tells us she has already spoken with the Chair of Children and Family Services Committee about coming to Buffalo in November for that hearing.