Watchdog: Accountability

Panel finds lapses by Sacramento social workers

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. — A report finds continued lapses by Sacramento County's child protective services agency that result in death or near death.

The Sacramento Bee says the independent report presented to supervisors Tuesday reviewed nine cases in which children were killed or nearly killed and found "the mistakes of the past have been repeated."

Those mistakes included a failure to exercise proper judgment, follow procedure and communicate with other agencies involved in troubled families' lives.

In one case a child was murdered after being left with at least two unsafe caregivers.

The cases in the report do not include names, dates or other identifying information.

Child Protective Services Deputy Director Michelle Callejas did not dispute the oversight report but said the agency had made strides to improve.

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