Saturday, April 19th, 2014

Latest Arizona Child Abuse Report Updated Shows More Than 5100 Cases Assigned

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 5100 of those cases to investigators. The so-called CARE team named on December 2nd 2013 by Governor Jan Brewer provided the latest update Monday. It said nearly 2400 children identified in the reports now have been seen and more than 2,000 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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