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Updated Apr 8, 2014 - 10:10 am

Ignored Arizona abuse reports have all been handed out, says department

PHOENIX -- A team assigned to review nearly 6,600 child abuse and neglect reports that weren't investigated by Arizona child welfare officials says all of the cases have been assigned to investigators.

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

It said more than 10,000 children identified in the reports have been seen and all 6,596 ignored cases have had a response.

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. The CARE team is led by Charles Flanagan, the new department's director.

The governor said in a statement she's proud of the team's work.

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