- Associated Press - Tuesday, September 30, 2014

ISLIP, N.Y. (AP) - The grandmother of an 18-month-old Long Island boy says in a lawsuit that social workers and others missed signs of abuse that could have prevented his beating death.

Marie Jones’s lawsuit was filed in federal court in Islip. It names the Suffolk County Department of Social Services, Stony Brook University Hospital, Southampton Hospital and Hollywood Nursery in Riverhead.

Roy Jones III died in 2012. His mother’s boyfriend, Pedro Jones Jr., was convicted of second-degree murder and sentenced to 16 years to life in prison.

The suit was filed in 2011 but Newsday (https://nwsdy.li/1DUNjdR ) says it hasn’t been reported before.

The family’s attorney says depositions of the boy’s family and other witnesses are scheduled in the coming weeks.

County and hospital attorneys argue in court filings that they upheld their responsibilities.

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Information from: Newsday, https://www.newsday.com

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