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child death

11/13/2019

EXCLUSIVE: New Details Reveal How Two Social Workers Fought, But Failed, to Save 4-Year-Old Noah Cuatro

This summer, a 4-year-old boy named Noah Cuatro was allegedly tortured and killed by his parents in Palmdale, a high desert exurb of Los Angeles County. The tragedy is still sending shockwaves through the county’s $2.9 billion child welfare agency and local government.

10/20/2019

L.A. Police Failed to Investigate 4,000 Serious Child Abuse Reports in 2018 and 2019

The first recorded sign of trouble in the brief life of Noah Cuatro came before he was even born. In August 2014, when his mother was nine months pregnant with Noah, she allegedly threw her baby sister, fracturing the 10-month-old’s skull in two places.

9/23/2019

Controversy Over 4-Year-Old’s Death Intensifies at L.A. County Child Welfare Meeting

On Monday, the tension that has gripped Los Angeles County’s child welfare establishment since the mysterious July death of 4-year-old Noah Cuatro spilled out into public view. At a meeting of the county’s Commission for Children and Families, the chiefs of both the Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) and the Office of Child Protection (OCP) grew visibly and audibly frustrated with commissioners’ questions about the Cuatro case.

9/11/2019

BREAKING: Report Clears L.A. County Child Welfare Agency of Wrongdoing in 4-Year-Old’s Suspicious Death

On Wednesday, Los Angeles County’s Office of Child Protection (OCP) released a report absolving the county’s child welfare system of wrongdoing in the suspicious death of 4-year-old Noah Cuatro.  The boy died on July 6, a day after his parents had called 911 to say that he had drowned.

9/10/2019

Critical Report on 4-Year-Old’s Suspicious Death Remains Hidden from the Public

On August 30, the Los Angeles County Office of Child Protection (OCP) submitted a potentially explosive report on the mysterious July death of 4-year-old Noah Cuatro to county attorneys. Despite being requested by the county’s powerful Board of Supervisors, the report has yet to be made public, leaving yawning questions unresolved as L.A.’s

8/27/2019

Family of Noah Cuatro Takes First Step in Suing Los Angeles County for Upwards of $10 Million

The family of Noah Cuatro, the 4-year-old Palmdale boy who died under suspicious circumstances in July, has taken the first step in suing Los Angeles County for more than $10 million.

8/26/2019

Key Details in 4-Year-Old’s Mysterious Death Should Emerge Soon

On July 9, Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva stepped to the lectern during a press conference focused on the suspicious death of 4-year-old Noah Cuatro. Four days earlier, on July 5, Noah’s parents called 911 claiming that their son had drowned in their high desert apartment complex pool.

8/15/2019

Leading Child Welfare Systems Past the Worst Tragedies

How do you build and maintain an effective child protection system when faced with the challenge of a high-profile child death? While leaders often react by making immediate changes and promising reform, a calm, measured approach is much more effective.

8/13/2019

In Aftermath of Latest Child Death, L.A. Contends with Potential Foster Care Panic

In mid-July, Bobby Cagle, the director of Los Angeles County’s $2.8-billion child welfare system, visited the high desert communities of Palmdale and Lancaster, both reeling from the latest child death to strike the county.