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Child's death illustrates L.A. County's growing problem resolving backlog of abuse cases

Jun 30, 2010 3:00:00 AM - latimes.com
Though child welfare officials had been told abuse was occurring in the victim's home nearly two months ago, investigators had yet to determine if he was at risk when he died Saturday. The county continues to struggle meeting investigative deadlines for many cases.

The tip that abuse was taking place in the Long Beach home where 2-year-old Joseph Byrd lived came to Los Angeles County child welfare officials nearly two months ago.