In a startling revelation, the director of Child Protective Services in Arizona reveled Thursday that around 6,000 cases of child abuse which were reported to the agency’s abuse hotline in recent years went ignored. The problem began in 2009, when employees of the agency began filing cases away in an incorrect manner, writing many off as unworthy of investigation.
Gregory McKay, who is in charge of the agency’s Office of Child Welfare Investigations, unintentionally came across the oversight only a couple of weeks ago. It was around the same time that the heads of the Department of Economic Security learned the news. Director Clarence Carter remarked that “the idea that there are 6,000 cases that we don’t know whether or not children are safe” is a “cause for grave alarm.”
There is no indication yet as to whether or not any of the cases are representative of children who are still being abused.
Written by Chris Bacavis