RIDGEWOOD, QUEENS (PIX11)—A Queens family says they're being wrongly accused of abusing their 5-year-old daughter. All because of a skin condition.
Andrew Schieffer, of Ridgewood, said he took his daughter with him to vote in the New York Republican Primary this week. Elizabeth suffers from eczema and was wearing an outfit that showed her legs. The open sores prompted a Board of Elections worker to call the Administration for Children's Services to report suspected abuse.
"They said they suspected my husband of abuse because of the sores on her legs and because the girls were shy around my husband," said Jessica Shieffer, Elizabeth's mother.
Less than 24 hours, the Schieffer's had ACS investigators knocking on their door.
"I thought it was a bunch of poll workers gossiping. I had no idea they would come and investigate me," said Jessica.
Jessica said she showed the investigators all the ointments, issued by doctors, that her daughter uses to treat her skin condition. But once a report is called into the state hotline, it is required by law to remain open for 60 days.
"She should have asked my daughter what was wrong and she would have told her she has eczema," said Jessica.
According to the family, they do not know who called ACS only that that person used Andrew's voter information to report the case.
The ACS issued this statement to PIX 11: "The administration for Children's Services takes any allegations of abuse or neglect it receives through the state hotline for child abuse and maltreatment seriously."