NEW YORK — A baby was killed final year, allegedly at the hands of his mother’s boyfriend, and now the boy’s father has filed a lawsuit in opposition to the metropolis, alleging a number of failures that led to his demise after a report was made about potential abuse.
Four-year-old Jace Eubanks was killed September 2021 at his mother’s condominium in Brooklyn as his 5-year-old brother watched. His mother’s boyfriend, 28-year-old Jerimiah Johnson, is behind bars for his demise.
The trigger of demise was battered little one syndrome with latest blunt drive accidents to the torso.
“I miss his smile,” stated Jamal Eubanks, Jace’s father. “Me and him used to play a lot with his dinosaurs … He liked football. We used to play football, throw and catch around a lot. He used to draw a lot, too.”
At the time of his demise, Jace and his brother had been in the custody of their mom, and Eubanks would go to just a few occasions a month.
“During this period of time, did you know just how bad things were?” CBS2’s Alice Gainer requested.
“I did not. I had no awareness of anything that was going on,” Eubanks stated.
Eubanks has filed a lawsuit in opposition to the metropolis’s Administration for Children’s Services, noting his son’s day care made a criticism that “Jace showed injuries and was a suspected child abuse victim.”
He claims in the lawsuit, “The city allowed Jace and his brother to remain in the custody and care of a known violent child predator” regardless of ACS and the NYPD’s Special Victims Bureau investigating and telling the youngsters, “They would stop anyone, including Mr. Johnson from injuring them in the future.”
“He had a healing fractures, and if ACS had simply taken him to a doctor where he could’ve been x-rayed when these injuries were seen, they would’ve known that he had skull fractures, that he had rib fractures and other injuries,” stated Derek Sells, Eubanks’ legal professional.
According to the lawsuit, Johnson “had a history of child abuse and, over the course of the previous four years, at least three reports of abusing children and committing acts of domestic violence.”
ACS referred CBS2 to the metropolis’s regulation division. A spokesperson says, “What a tragic and senseless loss. We’ll review the case and respond in the litigation.”
“I just want some justice for my son,” Eubanks stated.
The lawsuit seeks damages, higher coaching and a change to insurance policies at ACS.
Eubanks’ different son is in foster care now and he maintains a relationship with him.
Johnson is due again in courtroom later in October.
The criticism additionally notes three different youngsters in the ACS system had been killed in the 30 days previous to Jace’s demise.