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Ignored CPS cases: More than 500 kids removed their homes

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PHOENIX (CBS5) -

An independent team named by Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer to review the state's child welfare agency said Tuesday a total of 342 ignored cases has so far resulted in the removal of 567 children from their homes.

The so-called CARE team was created by Brewer in December after more than 6,500 abuse and neglect reports within the Child Protective Services had gone uninvestigated.

The team said it discovered that there were 1,194 subsequent reports. About 213 of those cases resulted in 316 children being removed from their homes that were part of the "not investigated" reports.

Brewer pulled CPS from its parent agency and named the CARE team's leader to run a new child welfare agency reporting directly to her.

The team, chaired by Child Safety and Family Service Director Charles Flanagan, has been handling those cases.

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