BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - Sources say Child Protective Services was investigating a family before the death of 8-year-old Jacob Noe. Police say his mother killed him in their North Buffalo home.
A source tells News 4, a Child Protective Services caseworker was investigating his 29-year-old Jessica Murphy, but had been suspended. A News 4′s source says that caseworker has been fired. News 4 has confirmed that the worker was terminated Thursday, however sources say the circumstances surrounding the death of Murphy’s son was not the cause of her termination.
A source tells News 4 that the suspended caseworker’s coworkers were supposed to help in the case, but they were so busy with their own cases they couldn’t monitor the mother.
Murphy is charged with stabbing her son to death. Her family told us she was diagnosed with schizophrenia and bipolar disorder last year.
Murphy is being held without bail on a second-degree murder charge. Her attorney assigned to her told us he will wait to reveal the mother’s defense.
This isn’t the first time Erie County CPS has been criticized after a local child was killed by someone they knew. Jacob and six other local children lost their lives in western New York. There are efforts and legislation on the table to improve the old system and update it to better protect children.
“Jacob’s death is an absolute tragedy. We can and must do more to protect our children and improve Child Protective Services in Erie County and across the state,” New York State Senator Tim Kennedy said. “As a community, we were heartbroken and shocked when we heard the tragic and alarming details of Jacob’s death, and we should channel this dismay into a steadfast commitment to correcting the gaps in the system before we lose another young life.”