Child abuse, neglect records found dumped in alley

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By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman

PHOENIX (AP) -- Thousands of pages of confidential state documents on children and parents involved in abuse and neglect cases have been found dumped in a Phoenix alley, and state officials say they're investigating how that happened.

A resident found a box of documents next to a trash container near the Arizona State Fair Grounds near 19th Avenue and McDowell Road.

"I don't know how it happened. What we know is what you know. There was a box of documents that was found next to a dumpster. We have no idea how that happened. We are trying to figure that out," said DES Director Clarence Carter

Child Protective Services officials say they picked up the records on Tuesday.

Confidential information in the documents included names, Social Security and phone numbers, addresses, medical records and photographs as well as reports of child abuse and neglect.

The Department of Economic Security, the parent agency of Child Protective Services, says dumping of the records is a breach of confidentiality and a violation of state and federal law.

"That is not in any way, shape or form the way records are handled in this agency," said Carter.

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