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Thursday, April 23, 2009

Records show 14 child deaths occurred despite LA County watch

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Previously confidential medical records outlining terrifying data were released in response to a public records request filed by the Los Angeles Times, the AP reported. The records show that Los Angeles County Children and Family Services were monitoring the families of 14 children who died in 2008 from abuse and neglect. Ten of those cases are under investigation.
Nearly half of the Los Angeles County children who died last year from abuse and neglect were from families under the watch of child welfare officials, records show.

The heavily redacted records, released Monday after a California Public Records Act request by the Los Angeles Times, include previously confidential medical records, family services documents and police reports.

They show that the families of 14 of the 32 children who died in the county in 2008 from abuse and neglect, including physical assault and malnourishment, were under the scrutiny of Children and Family Services and should have been known to social workers.

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