Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014

Latest Arizona Child Abuse Report Shows 4200 Assigned To Cases

A new team assigned to review more than 6500 child abuse and neglect reports that were not investigated by Arizona child welfare officials says they have now assigned more than 4200 of those cases to investigators. The so-called CARE team named about three weeks ago by Governor Jan Brewer provided the latest update Tuesday. It said nearly 2100 children identified in the reports now have been seen and more than 1600 cases have had a response. The team is led by the head of the state's Juvenile Corrections department, Charles Flanagan. Department of Economic Security Director Clarence Carter revealed the uninvestigated reports called into a hotline on November 21st 2013. He has placed five senior Child Protective Service workers on administrative leave while an investigation is underway on how the cases were illegally closed.

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