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Updated Dec 20, 2013 - 7:17 pm

Latest abuse report update shows 2,412 assigned

PHOENIX -- A new team assigned to review more than 6,500 child abuse and neglect reports that weren't investigated by Arizona child welfare officials says they've now assigned more than 2,400 of those cases to investigators.

The so-called CARE team named nearly three weeks ago by Gov. Jan Brewer provided the latest update Friday evening.

It said more than 1,200 children identified in the reports have now been seen and nearly 1,100 cases have had a response.

The team is led by the head of the state's Juvenile Corrections department, Charles Flanagan.

Department of Economic Security Director Clarence Carter revealed the uninvestigated reports called into a hotline on Nov. 21.

He's placed five senior Child Protective Services workers on administrative leave while an investigation is underway on how the cases were illegally closed.

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