5 fired Arizona child welfare workers says they were ordered to close cases to cut backlog

  • by: BOB CHRISTIE , Associated Press
  • Updated: May 7, 2014 - 5:20 PM

PHOENIX — Five senior Arizona child welfare employees who were fired last month for their role in the closure of more than 6,500 child abuse and neglect cases without investigation defended their actions Wednesday, saying they followed orders to create a system that culled out low-priority cases and lowered crushing caseloads.

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