The Third Department determined the severe abuse petition against mother (respondent) should not have been dismissed by Family Court. The abuse was apparently inflicted by mother’s boyfriend in her absence and resulted in the child’s death:
Respondent demonstrated reckless judgment and disregard for the safety and well-being of the older child by allowing the boyfriend — who she had dated for only a very brief period of time and knew went out at night to procure illegal drugs — to care for her children and, significantly, by permitting him to continue to care for her children and inflict further abuse after the older child had sustained serious and an abnormal degree of bruising, which she unreasonably attributed to accidental causes and the explanations provided by the boyfriend … . To that end, respondent was aware, or should have been aware, of the older child’s numerous injuries indicative of extensive, repeated and accumulating abuse.
Equally troubling is respondent’s failure to seek professional medical treatment for the older child notwithstanding her knowledge of numerous visible injuries. Matter of Mason F. (Katlin G.–Louis F.), 2016 NY Slip Op 05408, 3rd Dept 7-7-16
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