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 1,700 of those cases to investigators.
The so-called CARE team named two weeks ago by Gov. Jan Brewer provided the latest update Tuesday evening. It said nearly 700 children identified in the reports have now been seen and 851 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.