PHOENIX (AP) - A scathing memo from the Phoenix police detective overseeing criminal investigations at Arizona's Child Protective Services department about his discovery of thousands of uninvestigated child abuse and neglect reports triggered the latest crisis at the agency.
The Nov. 12 memo from Gregory McKay to Gov. Jan Brewer concluded that the implication is "clearly one of failed child safety and protection multiplied by 5,000."
The memo got the attention McKay intended: Department of Economic Security Director revealed the problems the next week and five senior CPS workers were put on leave. Brewer then created an outside team to ensure that what has grown to more than 6,550 uninvestigated cases are appropriately handled.
The memo was obtained by The Associated Press Wednesday.