Child abuse, neglect records found dumped in alley

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.

KSAZ-TV (http://bit.ly/1ggMGP5) reports that a resident gave the station a box of documents that he found next to a trash container.

Child Protective Services officials say they picked up the records from the station late 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.

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