Team reviewing 6,600 ignored Arizona child abuse and neglect reports says all but 102 closed


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PHOENIX — A team reviewing nearly 6,600 child abuse and neglect reports that weren't investigated by Arizona child welfare officials say they've now closed all but 102 of those cases.

The so-called CARE team named on Dec. 2 by Gov. Jan Brewer provided the latest update Tuesday. The team says investigators have seen 12,854 children identified in the reports. All cases have had a response.

Child welfare workers probing the ignored reports removed 251 children from their homes. Another 316 children identified in the reports had been removed because of another case.

Brewer removed the state's Child Protective Services department from its parent agency and the Legislature created a new Department of Child Safety to handle child welfare last month. The CARE team is led by Charles Flanagan, the new department's director.

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