#AceNewsReport – Jan.25: Yet all six of the children remained in the home, where tragic little Michael Guzman was found unresponsive in his bed over the weekend.
It was a house of horrors.
City child-welfare workers had previously found cuts, welts and bruises on several children living in the Queens home where a 5-year-old boy was found dead Sunday, while also uncovering signs of sexual abuse and evidence that the kids didn’t have enough food or clothing, law-enforcement sources said Tuesday.
Yet all six of the children remained in the home, where tragic little Michael Guzman was found unresponsive in his bed over the weekend.
The city Department of Investigation is now probing the Administration for Children’s Services’ handling of the case, authorities said.
“(DOI) has sent a request to the New York State Office of Children and Family Services for access to records from the City Administration for Children’s Services (ACS) regarding ACS’s involvement with five-year-old Michael Guzman,” DOI Commissioner Mark Peters said in a statement.
“We are focused on the critical issues of whether there continue to be systemic and preventable problems at ACS that place children in danger and whether ACS has implemented necessary changes noted in DOI’s prior investigations.”
Peters noted that his office is still also investigating the deaths of children Jaden Jordan and Zymere Perkins, both of whom were known to ACS, and at least five other kids.
ACS workers had opened 13 investigations into Michael Guzman’s family between October 2008 and January 2016, sources said. The child-welfare workers found evidence of abuse and neglect in more than half — or eight — cases.
Of the 13 cases opened against the family, four directly involved Michael, who suffered from epilepsy.
On Oct. 24, 2011, ACS determined there was evidence of inadequate guardianship for Michael and four of his siblings after workers found lacerations and bruises on some of the children’s bodies.
In another case opened Nov. 25, 2011, investigators determined Michael’s parents — Phyllis Reinoso and Michael Guzman — weren’t supervising the children properly.
The cases date back to even before Michael was born. In Oct. 2008, ACS found evidence that four of Reinoso’s children weren’t being given adequate food, clothing or shelter.
In another investigation, workers found evidence that one child was being sexually abused by a relative.
Michael’s mom told police that she found her son unconscious at 4:15 p.m. Sunday with vomit coming out of his mouth.
Reinoso said she had left the home hours earlier with Michael’s dad, around midnight, and returned around 2:30 a.m. Sunday, When she got back, she said she noticed that her son was having trouble breathing on the couch, and she put him to bed, according to sources.
Michael’s parents were questioned Monday at the 103rd Precinct station house, but no arrests have been made so far.
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