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.