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D.C. child abuse and neglect investigations improve, but problems persist; CDC politics affected investigation into lead levels

POSTED: 05:47 PM ET, 05/27/2010 by Jennifer Jenkins

D.C. child welfare agency showing improvement, but problems persist The Washington Post
Child abuse and neglect investigations in the District are improving but often take too long to locate alleged victims and frequently fail to include interviews with teachers, relatives and others likely to have vital insight into the family, according to a report by the federal court monitor who tracks the city's child welfare agency.

The 47-page study, which was made public Wednesday at a hearing in federal court, comes as child welfare agencies and other city departments are wrestling with budget cuts, including this month's layoff of 115 Child and Family Services Agency employees.

CDC's botched handling of 2004 District lead scare reveals toxic bureaucracy The Washington Post
Here's the good news about the District's lead-in-the-water crisis that erupted in 2004: Nobody died. There's no proof that children suffered serious health damage. Tests show the water has been consistently safe since 2006.

Now here's the bad news, highlighted by a congressional report released last week: The number of D.C. children whose blood tests showed they definitely suffered lead poisoning at the time was 949, instead of 315, as reported previously. It's now beyond doubt that many of those kids were poisoned by the water, not paint, dust or another source.

By Jennifer Jenkins |  May 27, 2010; 5:47 PM ET The Daily Read
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