The three-year-old girl from Greece was beaten to death last year while CPS was investigating her situation. Now, Monroe County legislators are pushing for a reform bill named after Stagles. It aims to reduce CPS workers' caseloads and protect vulnerable children. The reform bill seeks to cap caseloads for CPS workers, no more than 15 at a time.
The three-year-old girl from Greece was beaten to death last year while CPS was investigating her situation. Now, Monroe County legislators are pushing for a reform bill named after Stagles. It aims to reduce CPS workers' caseloads and protect vulnerable children.
Tony Micciche is one of the sponsors of that bill.
“We're trying to do something good so there are no more Brook Stagles. We can't have that in this city anymore.”
Stagles died from blunt force trauma to her stomach back in November.
Brook's father Michael Stagles and his girlfriend Erica Bell were charged in her death.
“Something didn't go right. To put your finger on what exactly it was, it's kind of tough to do. Like I said no one would want something like this,” says Micciche.
County legislators Tony Micciche and Justin Wilcox, along with nine others, are drafting bipartisan legislation named after Stagles.
The reform bill seeks to cap caseloads for CPS workers -- no more than 15 at a time.
“We think with that right number of case load maybe there won’t be the type of situations where children will fall through the cracks,” says Wilcox.
Stagles' grandfather John Geer says his repeated calls to CPS were ignored. In January, he told us one of the main issues: overloaded CPS caseworkers.
“We shouldn't have to burden them with extra cases when they're working on already 20 or 30 or 40,” said Geer.
County lawmakers say this problem cannot be solved overnight. Their proposal includes a reasonable timeline to make these changes possible.
“We agreed that we should be able to do this by January 1st of 2020 but that we also expect to see a progress report from the county executive in 2018.”
"This is a complicated problem and it's going to take a very, very genuine and honest and continued effort on the part of Monroe County to solve this crisis," says John Rabish of Federation of Social Workers.
John Rabish spent 27 years as a child protective services worker. He is reacting to the proposal that would limit the number of cases assigned the county's CPS workers.
"Right now the average case load is in the 20s," says Legislator Justin Wilcox. "We would like to see that come down to what the national and state standards are between 12 and 15. That's why we put this legislation in."
County legislators will formally introduce the bill in October.
Our news partner, News10NBC reached out to the Monroe County Child Protective Services and we’re told since the bill hasn't been formally introduced, they cannot give a comment.
As for Erica Bell, a judge is expected to announce his verdict in her trial Friday. Michael Stagles will be tried in November.