A Los Angeles County commission dedicated to children's issues expressed outrage Monday after a county attorney ordered them not to receive or discuss information related to child fatalities.
Senior Deputy County Counsel Aleen Langton rose numerous times during the Commission for Children and Families meeting to stop the conversation from touching on issues related to children who die of abuse or neglect after coming to the attention of child protective services workers.
"I don't want to be discussing fatalities today," Langton said.
Langton's remark came after commissioners asked for overall statistics on how many children have died of abuse or neglect in the last three years, how old those children were and where in the county they died. Such information has been provided in previous years.
Although many details involving specific cases are shrouded by child confidentiality laws, a 2007 state law explicitly allows child welfare officials to discuss information in records that have already been released. When the commissioners asked for details in one such case, Langton again shut down the conversation.