Latest Ariz. Abuse Report Update Shows 5,128 Assigned

January 07, 2014

PHOENIX (AP) — A new team assigned to review more than 6,500 child abuse and neglect reports that were not investigated by Arizona child welfare officials says they have 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 on 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 has placed five senior Child Protective Services workers on administrative leave while an investigation is underway on how the cases were illegally closed.