NYC Mayor to Appoint Monitor to Oversee Child Welfare Agency

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio has announced he is appointing an independent monitor to oversee the Administration for Children's Services.

New York City's child welfare agency had come under fire in a state report that slams its handling of the case of a 6-year-old Harlem boy who was beaten to death.

The state Office of Children and Family Services detailed multiple failings by the Administration for Children's Services and ordered Mayor Bill de Blasio to appoint an independent monitor to oversee the agency.

On Tuesday, the mayor said he would appoint a monitor.

The move comes one day after the agency's commissioner Gladys Carrion resigned. The mayor also said three ACS officials had been fired.

The appointment of an independent monitor came as a surprise to the mayor's investigations commissioner Mark Peters who said he's already investigating the ACS.

Sources close to Carrion told NBC 4 New York the ongoing investigations into her agency's every move had been a source of tension in a job that was wearing on her.

On Wednesday de Blasio spoke directly of Carrion's performance, and did not criticize her.

"I think the fact is it's really tough subject matter, I push people very hard."

Zymere Perkins died Sept. 26 after what prosecutors say was months of abuse by his mother and her boyfriend in their Harlem apartment. Both were arrested on charges of endangering the welfare of a child.

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