Monroe County Child Protective Services has released a timeline of their investigation involving Brook Stagles.
Brook was three years old when she died of blunt force trauma last November. Her father’s girlfriend, Erica Bell, was convicted of Brook’s murder last week. Brook’s father, Michael Stagles, will go on trial for criminally negligent homicide next month.
The timeline shows how often, and when CPS was asked to investigate maltreatment of Brook.
The first report was made on Oct. 21, 2016 by Brook’s mother. The second report, days later on Oct. 24 by Michael Stagles, who had primary custody of the toddler.
Within 24 hours of each report, the caseworker made a safety assessment.
Approximately 25 days went by from that first report on Oct. 21 to Brook’s death on Nov. 14. During that time, a caseworker made three in-home visits, tried two more home visits, and conducted two direct observations of Brook, as well as several direct conversations with Brook’s parents.
During the time when Brook would have been showing the symptoms that eventually led to her death, CPS says Brook was seen by at least two separate medical providers No report of child abuse or maltreatment was made to CPS as a result of these visits, as required by law.
“The biological father and the biological father’s girlfriend went to great length to keep Brook from those who have have been able to help, including CPS,” Commissioner of Human Services Corinda Crossdale said. “No report was made to the state hotline regarding Brook’s well-being from October 25th through her death on November 14th.”
The report also stated that when Brook was observed directly by CPS before she was hospitalized, she was presented as healthy and clean.
Nevertheless, the head of CPS says the department continues to grieve Brook’s death, and that there is no more tragic event for CPS than the loss of a child.
In wake of Brook’s death, County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo has announced a new plan to improve CPS.