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Man Charged in Death of 5-Year-Old Child

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BUFFALO, NY-- Matthew Kuzdzal, 26, was arraigned Thursday morning on a second-degree murder charge in the death of 5-year old Eain Brooks, the Buffalo City Court has confirmed.

Buffalo Police say there was a rescue call to a home on Albany Street Sunday evening. Eain Brooks was taken to Women and Children's Hospital where he died on Tuesday.

An autopsy performed on Wednesday determined that Eain died as a result of blunt force trauma to the head.  

The suspect's Facebook page seems to indicate that Child Protective Services (CPS) has been called to the home where Kuzdzal lived with five-year-old Eain.

He wrote: "I.find it funny people are saying i called cps on them and are saying if i did its wrong of me...(which i didnt) i mean y would i call when im dealing with them myself... [sic]."

Buffalo Police are not sure if Kuzdzal's record includes child abuse charges.

We called CPS and asked whether anyone had ever called worried about Eain's well-being. We were told by Deputy Commissioner Judith Shanley that we were not allowed to access any information about this case using the Freedom of Information Act.

But, Shanley did confirm that in addition to the criminal investigation being done by Buffalo Police, CPS is also investigating Eain's death.

Shanley tells us that when CPS investigates a child's death, the department has sixty days to figure out what happened. This includes talking with police, doctors and medical examiners and going over the medical report.

Again, Shanley would not tell us anything about Eain's case or whether her department had investigated allegations of abuse before his death.

Thursday, police did say they were not aware of being called out to the Albany Street house in the past.

We also reached out to some of Eain's relatives Thursday night, and didn't hear back. Funeral services for Eain will be held this Saturday. 

Kuzdzal was not granted bail. His next court date is September 24.

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