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PHOENIX -- Thousands of pages of confidential state documents on children and parents involved in abuse and neglect cases have been found in a Phoenix alley, and state officials said they're investigating how that happened.

KSAZ-TV reported that a resident gave the station a box of documents that he found next to a trash container.

Confidential information in the documents included names, Social Security and phone numbers, addresses, medical records and photographs as well as reports of child abuse and neglect.

The Department of Economic Security, the parent agency of Child Protective Services, said dumping of the records is a breach of confidentiality and a violation of state and federal law.

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