Five higher-level staffers of the Arizona Child Protective Services were placed on administrative leave, The Arizona Republic reported.

News of the suspension arise after reports that more than 6,000 possible child abuse and neglect cases were left un-investigated, as well as the creation of an independent team that will look into these ignored abuse cases.

Clarence Carter, director of the Department of Economic Security, made the decision Monday.

DES spokeswoman Tasya Peterson said this doesn't mean the CPS workers are being disciplined, only that they are being investigated for possible wrongdoing, The Associated Press reported.

The suspensions came after Gov. Jan Brewer announced Monday she created the Child Advocate Response Examination team, an independent group that will look into why the abuse reports were ignored, oversee CPS staff, and to identify any cracks in the agency's system to later report back to the governor.

CPS has been under a magnifying glass for the past few weeks.

Last Wednesday, a box filled with confidential child abuse case documents, containing personal information such as Social Security numbers, addresses and photographs, were found dumped in a Phoenix alley.

The Department of Economic Security ad CPS promised to investigate the incident, and said it violated federal law.