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Updated Jan 6, 2014 - 5:44 pm

Latest AZ abuse report update shows 5,128 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 5,100 of those cases to investigators.

The so-called CARE team named on Dec. 2 by Gov. Jan Brewer provided the latest
update Monday.

It said nearly 2,400 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 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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