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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 13, 2010 | By Garrett Therolf
Los Angeles County's embattled child welfare agency has clamped down on the release of information about 12 recent deaths among children who have passed through the child welfare system. The decision follows a series of articles in The Times last year that detailed flawed casework. The cases prompted some reforms at the county's Department of Children and Family Services, including enhanced training for social workers. But the state law that allowed much of the information to reach the public has been a source of discontent for Department of Children and Family Services Director Trish Ploehn.
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NEWS
June 10, 2013 | By Robert Greene
The killing last month of 8-year-old Gabriel Fernandez of Palmdale led Democratic Assemblyman Mike Gatto of Los Angeles to demand a state audit of L.A. County's   Department of Children and Family Services. On its face, the demand appears to make some sense. An outside investigator such as State Auditor Elaine M. Howle might be able to provide some valuable insight into why an agency like DCFS didn't remove Gabriel from a situation that, in retrospect, looks only too clearly to have been cruel and abusive.
OPINION
June 2, 2013
Re "County missed signs of boy's abuse," May 31 As a resident of Los Angeles County, I am appalled and sickened and most of all saddened by the death of 8-year old Gabriel Fernandez from horrific injuries allegedly inflicted by his mother's boyfriend - even after social workers had investigated the couple for child abuse. What is wrong with the county Department of Children and Family Services? How many more child deaths and injuries have to occur because its social workers are undertrained and overworked?
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 8, 1999
Re "U.S. Nearing Key Juncture in Iraq Policy," Aug. 29: If the UNICEF report states that child mortality rates have doubled in Iraq since sanctions were first imposed and that Baghdad and the sanctions should share the blame, please inform the readers that the death rate for children under 5 years of age is approximately 5,000 every month. To leave this statistic out is unconscionable. When are you going to report the killing of a nation? R.J. PISAPIA Westlake Village
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 4, 1987
The parents of an 18-month-old boy who was beaten to death last summer shortly after he was taken from them and placed in a Pomona foster home filed a $1-million lawsuit against Los Angeles County on Friday, charging officials with failing to properly monitor the facility.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 6, 1992 | JOHN CHANDLER
Here are some of the previous child death cases in the Antelope Valley: Feb. 21, 1992--Palmdale resident Ricky Lee Earp, 30, who authorities said was a drug user, is sentenced to die for the rape and murder of his 17-month-old goddaughter. She died in the hospital two days after being left alone with Earp on Aug. 25, 1988. Sept.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 16, 2009 | Garrett Therolf
Filling a job that has been vacant for three years, Los Angeles County supervisors on Tuesday narrowly approved the hiring of an attorney to investigate the cases of children who die while in the county's care. To take the post, Rosemarie Belda will leave the Office of County Counsel, where she has represented the Department of Children and Family Services, the agency that will now be a central target of her reports. In addition to investigating child deaths, she has been asked to recommend reforms that might prevent future fatalities.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 18, 2013 | By Richard Winton
An intensive hunt for a fugitive couple wanted in connection with the killing of their 2-year-old daughter in Mississippi is underway in Maywood and surrounding cities after the pair was allegedly spotted in the area selling cars, DVDs and puppies. Janet and Ramon Barreto were seen as recently as last weekend in Maywood and other Southeast L.A. County cities selling items and living out of a car and friends' homes, said Tony Burke of the  U.S. Marshals Service. Law enforcement officials began looking for the couple after Janet Barreto failed to appear on charges of manslaughter of a child, three counts of child abuse, six counts of child neglect and tampering with a witness.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 30, 2010 | By Garrett Therolf, Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles County officials have failed to follow state law that requires them to publicly disclose child fatalities resulting from abuse or neglect, according to an independent audit released Monday. The violations involve "potentially dozens" of child fatalities, County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky said. "The board has been misled, but more importantly the public has been misled and that is really inexcusable," Yaroslavsky said. "There is only one possible motivation here, other than the right hand not doing what the left hand is doing, and that is an intent to withhold information from the public.
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