Docs: Increase In Child Deaths In LA County System

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A published report says the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services has seen a steady increase since 2008 in children it monitors who have died from abuse or neglect.

The Los Angeles Times says in a story Monday that the number of maltreatment fatalities rose from 18 in 2008 to 26 in 2009 to 21 in the first eight months of this year.

The deaths are detailed in confidential documents obtained by the Times that the department has said will eventually be released to the public but have taken longer than expected to process.

The records show the majority of deaths came while the children were under active supervision or had recently had a visit from a social worker.

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  1. Aunt B says:

    The foster parents should have been checked out more thoroughly, background, financial and psych exam.

  2. Margo belmares says:

    I don’t think children should be returned home , just because the parents took some class. the abuse was there it’s aways going to be there unless the parents gets the help they need. I thought we are to be here for the children and keeping them safe

  3. lara says:

    Goes to show that Child Protective Services/ Police/Court System have not been doing their true diligence.

    Obviously the families of these poor children are on the courts radar for a reason.
    Why is it that no one, whom is qualified can follow thru to protect these children from such a brutal end?

    These employees have chosen this profession, now get off your butts and look at these kids as if they were your own, It’s your job to be their voice!!

    1. Shelly says:

      Well Said Lara !!!!! I agree with you 110%…………..

  4. ginrnbsn50 says:

    they allowed a drug addict to take a child out of state and did not issue an amber alert last January. Their background checks pulled up nothing on a convicted felon from CT!!

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