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Oversight panel updated on botched CPS reports

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By BOB CHRISTIE
Associated Press

PHOENIX (AP) - The head of a newly appointed team tasked with investigating more than 6,500 ignored child abuse and neglect says about one-sixth of them had a subsequent report that led to action by the state's child welfare agency.

A review done by the so-called CARE team led by Charles Flanagan began about two weeks ago. He told the Arizona Legislature's child protective services oversight committee Monday that 12 law enforcement agencies across the state are now helping find children that might be at risk.

More than 175 Child Protective Services workers are assigned at least part-time to the team.

A separate Arizona Department of Public Safety investigation is looking at how and why the reports weren't investigated. DPS Director Robert Halliday says he doesn't know when it will be complete.

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