CLEVELAND -- Cuyahoga County leaders have now released to the FOX 8 I-TEAM the full report by an outside panel reviewing the case of Aniya Day Garrett, a child murdered after falling through the cracks of the system to protect kids.
But the report has large sections blacked out. So, many answers to the biggest questions surrounding the case remain hidden.
In March, police arrested Aniya’s mother and her mom’s boyfriend saying they murdered the little girl. That happened after reports to child welfare workers saying Aniya had been abused.
Cuyahoga County leaders then created an outside panel to review the case and look at how child welfare workers handled it.
The County earlier released only part of it, so the I-TEAM kept demanding the full report.
Wednesday, the County sent it to the I-TEAM, but the section under “general findings--concerns” is blacked out. The section looking at whether child welfare workers followed policies and procedures and timelines is also blacked out. In fact, section after section of “findings” we found redacted.
A County spokesperson said the County Prosecutor's office had to go through the report first to black out anything that could affect the criminal case.
A spokesperson for the Prosecutor’s office wrote in an email, “After performing an analysis of the report by our Criminal and Civil divisions, it was determined the redactions were appropriate under Ohio law.”
The outside panel report does show child welfare workers had an active investigation at the time of the murder looking into claims of abuse by Aniya’s mother. That was the 4th report in 14 months. And the County says, days before the murder, Aniya’s mother had asked a child welfare worker to not visit until the following week.
Aniya’s father and activists have rallied for months calling for change in the system and an explanation about what went wrong.
The report does show many recommendations for improving the system.
But, to see what’s behind all those lines of dark ink in the report, you may have to wait until the trial. That has been set for October.
Meantime, the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services is also reviewing how child welfare workers handled the case. And, the state is moving to take away the licenses of two day care centers accused of not reporting suspected abuse of Aniya.