Caseworker failed to visit Yonkers family two months before scalding deaths

The Department of Social Services (DSS) reported Tuesday a caseworker failed to visit a Yonkers family for 59 days before two boys died from a severe scalding.

The DSS worker was required to check up on 2-year-old Elijah Santana and his brother, 20-month-old David Maldonado Jr., every other week. However, DSS officials say the worker did not and failed to notify her supervisor about the missed visits. The DSS is now investigating the series of events that led to the tragedy.

The boys' mother, Luz Arroyo, has been charged with negligent homicide. David?s father, David Maldonado, faces two counts of second-degree manslaughter.

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