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New York State's highest court will hear the Erie County District Attorney's appeal in the reversed murder conviction of Matthew Kuzdzal, who was tried for the death of his then-girlfriend's young son.


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Erie County's top prosecutor is appealing an appellate court decision that reversed the murder conviction of a man found guilty of killing his then-girlfriend's 5-year-old son.

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Three generations of women stood in Niagara Square Thursday to mourn Eain Brooks, the boy who was sexually abused and murdered by his mother's boyfriend two years ago.


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Reforms to Erie County's Child Protective Services have resulted in significantly lower caseloads, according to County Executive Mark Poloncarz.

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The man convicted in the death of 5-year-old Eain Brooks was sentenced to 50 years-to-life in prison in State Supreme Court Tuesday morning.

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Local Child and Protective Services agencies are now better informed when investigating reports of abuse and neglect. A new law requires the state to track repeat cases and notify local authorities.

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A State Supreme Court jury in Buffalo has found Matthew Kuzdzal guilty of second-degree murder and predatory sexual assault in the death of 5-year-old Eain Brooks.

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The trial of alleged child killer Matthew Kuzdzal got underway in downtown Buffalo Monday morning. Kuzdzal is charged with Murder in the Second Degree and Predatory Sexual Assault of a Child in the death of 5-year-old Eain Brooks, his girlfriend's son, nearly one year ago.

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The deaths of two children in Buffalo has led to a package of reforms that will be proposed in Albany Monday at the start of the legislative session.

Lawmakers probe local CPS following child deaths

Nov 14, 2013
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State lawmakers investigating Erie County Child Protective Services in the wakes of two child murders heard testimony from nearly two dozen people in Buffalo Thursday.

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The man accused of killing a 5-year-old Buffalo boy has also been charged with sexual abuse.

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A state hearing on Child Protective Services, prompted by the deaths of two boys who suffered abuse in their homes, will be held in Buffalo next week.

Brooks' mother faces investigation

Oct 11, 2013
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The fallout continues in the aftermath of the tragic beating death of five-year-old Eain Brooks. Brooks' mother, who recently gave birth to a girl, has reportedly been forced by Erie County Child Protective Services to place the infant in the care of relatives.

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Several employees in Erie County's Child Protective Services division have been disciplined over their handling of abuse complaints against a man accused of killing a 5-year-old Buffalo boy. 

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The push is on to hire more Social Sevice workers in Erie County following the tragic death of 5-year-old Eian Brooks.

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The Erie County Comptroller says nine vacant positions at Child Protective Services should be filled immediately.

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A state lawmaker is calling for a full investigation into the events leading up to beating death of a 5-year-old Buffalo boy.

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A Buffalo man has been arrested and charged with murder in the death of a 5-year-old boy.