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Updated Dec 19, 2013 - 7:05 pm

Latest abuse report update shows 2,126 assigned

PHOENIX — A new team assigned to review more than 6,500 child abuse and
neglect reports that weren’t investigated by Arizona child welfare officials
says they’ve now assigned more than 2,100 of those cases to investigators.

The so-called CARE team named two weeks ago by Gov. Jan Brewer provided the
latest update Thursday night.

It said more than 1,100 children identified in the reports have now been seen
and more than 1,000 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 Nov. 21. He’s 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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