5 Arizona CPS staffers placed on leave

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By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman

PHOENIX (AP) -- Arizona's child welfare agency has placed five employees on paid administrative leave as it investigates how more than 6,500 child abuse and neglect reports were labeled as not worthy of investigation.

Department of Economic Security spokeswoman Tasya Peterson said Tuesday the suspensions don't mean the Child Protective Services workers are being disciplined, only that they are being investigated for possible wrongdoing.

Juvenile Corrections Director Charles Flanagan says he believes those suspended are managers or supervisors. Gov. Jan Brewer on Monday named Flanagan to head a team she created to oversee the botched child abuse reports and identify areas needing improvement.

DES director Clarence Carter announced the discovery of the closures nearly two weeks ago. Flanagan says Carter told him of the suspensions.

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