DSS supervisor under scrutiny for handling of Yonkers scalding case fires back

The Department of Social Services supervisor overseeing the Yonkers scalding case is firing back, claiming she is being made a scapegoat for a system that failed.

Jacqueline Byrnes was overseeing the case of Elijah Santana and David Maldonado, who died after being left in scalding bath water. The caseworker assigned to the case was fired after the incident for failing to contact the family prior to the tragedy as she was required to. Brynes says she is now under attack for allegedly not noticing that failure.

Byrnes claims there are as many as 30 cases where workers are behind in Yonkers because they don?t have the resources they need. A spokesperson from the county executive?s office says they are used to Byrnes? attorney Jonathan Lovett's tactics of trying to get publicity.

As of now, Byrnes remains on the job.

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