A team created to clear more than 6,500 child abuse and neglect reports that went un-investigated in the past several years is on track to get all of them assigned to child welfare investigators by the end of the month.
The leader of the "CARE team," created by Gov. Jan Brewer on Dec. 2, said his staff and Child Protective Services workers have now launched investigations into virtually all the cases that were ignored in the past two years.
The ignored cases, which were phoned into a child abuse hotline but never investigated, were revealed in November.
Juvenile Corrections Director Charles Flanagan leads the team and said more than 5,100 of the cases are now assigned to child welfare workers.
Nearly 2,400 children identified from the reports have been seen.