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Grandfather of Brook Stagles wants CPS social workers held criminally responsible

John Geer said social workers with Child Protective Services should face criminal charges in the death of three-year-old Brook Stagles and he is taking his fight to the Governor's Office. (Photo provided by family)

(WHAM) - The grandfather of Brook Stagles is fighting for justice for his granddaughter.

John Geer said social workers with Child Protective Services should face criminal charges in the death of three-year-old Brook Stagles and he is taking his fight to the Governor's Office.

"Brook was going to be a doctor," Geer said. "She was going to go to Disney Land this winter."

Brook died Monday. On Thursday, her death was ruled a homicide by the Monroe County Medical Examiner's Office.

Geer said repeated, daily calls by Brook's biological mother, grandmother, and himself made to CPS were ignored. Now, he is circulating an online petition to have a social worker with CPS and a supervisor fired.

The petition already has nearly 1,000 signatures and will be sent to Governor Cuomo.

Had CPS done their job, Geer said, Brook would still be alive.

"They were all I had," Geer emotionally stated. "I was told CPS was it. Call CPS, call CPS, call CPS. And nothing happened. She'd be alive. She'd be alive."

Brook was in the care of her father Michael Stagles at his Rochester home before her death. A source tells 13WHAM News several other people also lived inside the home.

Witnesses said on Saturday Brook had two black eyes and bruises covering her body.

"Everybody in that house saw that baby," Geer told 13WHAM News. "Everybody saw that baby as soon as the injuries happened."

Family and friends said Erica Bell, the girlfriend of Michael Stagles was also living in the home. She was arrested Saturday for a drug court violation, a day before Brook was taken to the hospital and two days before Brook died.

Police have not identified any suspects in the case.

"When I look back on it, I could have, should have, would have done so much more," Geer said emotionally. "This is something I'll have to live with for the rest of my life."

John Geer said he learned Friday from the father of Brook, that she was scheduled to meet with a CPS social worker the day she died. Geer insists CPS never returned phone calls and never entered the home.

13WHAM News will continue to bring you the latest updates as they are made available.

To read or sign the petition, click here.

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