Arizona

May 1, 2014 10:02 PM by Associated Press

Staff: Arizona child welfare head knew of problems

PHOENIX (AP) - The director who supervised Arizona child welfare workers knew about uninvestigated child abuse cases back in 2011, according to several employees.

The Arizona Republic reports at least four workers have testified that Clarence Carter was informed about thousands of reports of child abuse and neglect that had gone without a state-mandated investigation.

Carter testified to Department of Public Safety investigators that he first learned in November that some cases were being labeled "not investigated."

Some officials are questioning why Carter, who led the now-dismantled Child Protective Services, was not disciplined after the discovery.

Department of Economic Security spokeswoman Tasya Peterson says Carter stands by his testimony and was outraged when he first learned of the practice.

Five employees connected to the uninvestigated reports were fired last week.

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