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Attorneys for the biological parents of a dead Buffalo foster child Friday began legal efforts to obtain the Erie County Social Services Department's secret file on the case.

Department officials balked after a subpoena for the records of the case was served by attorneys for Benneitha Tann and Richard Cottom, parents of Radsheyon Cottom, 4, who died Nov. 24 of severe head injuries.

Family Court Judge Anthony P. LoRusso, who is handling a custody case involving the victim's two brothers and sister, ordered a Feb. 2 hearing on the demand for the agency's records.

Brian Walsh, the parents' attorney, said the county records should show that her parents asked to have her removed from the foster home of George and Vicky Meadows months before her death.

Her parents have filed a notice of claim against the county, accusing it and its Social Services Department of putting their daughter in a foster home that was "dangerous and hazardous."

The Erie County district attorney's office and Buffalo police are probing Radsheyon's death but so far have no suspects. She was brought to Children's Hospital a day before her death by her county-appointed foster parents, the Meadowses, who told authorities the girl was injured in a fall.

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