Saturday, July 26th, 2014

Child Abuse Case Updates

A new team assigned to review more than 6500 abuse and neglect reports that were not investigated by Arizona child welfare officials says they have now assigned nearly 2900 of those cases to investigators. The so-called CARE team named nearly three weeks ago by Governor Jan Brewer provided the latest update Monday (23). It said almost 1400 children identified in the reports have now been seen and more than eleven-hundred-and-50 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. He has placed five senior Child Protective Services workers on administrative leave while an investigation is underway on how the cases were illegally closed.

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