Report: 2 deaths tied to LA child welfare problems

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Posted: Jul 18, 2011 1:58 PM
Report: 2 deaths tied to LA child welfare problems

Problems in Los Angeles County's child welfare system have been linked to the deaths of two youngsters.

The Los Angeles Times says poor use of technology and problems keeping experienced social workers in difficult jobs played roles in the deaths last year.

The Times says an inexperienced social worker wasn't able to confirm any abuse when he went to the home of Jorge Tarin in Montebello. The 11-year-old boy was being beaten at home and he later committed suicide.

The Times says an illegible computer printout meant a social worker kept going to the wrong address and never located 2-year-old Deandre Green, who was beaten to death at his Long Beach home.

Employees were disciplined in both cases and agency officials say they are working to correct problems.

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Information from: Los Angeles Times, http://www.latimes.com