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Latest AZ abuse report update shows 6,552 assigned

PHOENIX -- A team assigned to review more than 6,500 child abuse and neglect reports that weren't investigated by Arizona child welfare officials has assigned nearly all of those cases to investigators.

The final two cases of the 6,554 are on Indian reservations and out of the state's jurisdiction. Those cases have been referred to tribal authorities.

The so-called CARE team named on Dec. 2 by Gov. Jan Brewer provided the latest update Monday.

It said almost 5,100 children identified in the reports now have been seen and more than 4,000 cases have had a response.

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

Brewer removed the state's Child Protective Services department from its parent agency and set up a new cabinet-level department to handle child welfare.

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