Los Angeles County Fails to Provide Details about Another Child Death in the Antelope Valley
Late last month, another young child involved with Los Angeles County’s child welfare system died in the Antelope Valley under unknown circumstances. Unlike the headline-grabbing cases of other children dying at the hands of a parent, 19-month-old Joseph Chacon was found unresponsive in a car seat inside his foster mother’s vehicle.
Appeals Court Refuses to Reconsider Dismissed Charges Against Social Workers in Child Death Case
A California appeals court has denied a request by the Los Angeles County District Attorney to reconsider dismissing charges against the social workers overseeing the case of Gabriel Fernandez, an 8-year-old Antelope Valley boy who was tortured and killed by his mother and her boyfriend in 2013.
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.
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.
‘Party’s Over’: Kathryn Barger Wants L.A.’s Child Protection System to Change Now
On Sept. 11, I visited the wood-paneled offices of Los Angeles County Supervisor Kathryn Barger for a wide-ranging discussion about the state of child welfare in the county and her district.
After Another Tragic Child Death, Looking for Answers in the Antelope Valley
In 2013, Vicky Bibby was working as a social worker for a home visitation program in Los Angeles County’s Antelope Valley, checking in on pregnant women and young mothers to make sure they were learning healthy habits and how to bond with their children.
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.
L.A. Supervisor Kathryn Barger Vows to Hold a Bureaucracy That’s ‘Killing Kids’ Accountable
On Tuesday, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a motion introduced by Sup. Kathryn Barger aimed at recruiting and retaining child welfare workers in the Antelope Valley and its high desert communities of Lancaster and Palmdale.
L.A. Child Welfare Agency Hurriedly Changes Key Policy After 4-Year-Old’s Death
Less than two weeks after the suspicious death of 4-year-old Palmdale boy Noah Cuatro, Los Angeles County’s child welfare agency changed a key policy at the heart of the mounting controversy.
Hiring More Social Workers is Key to L.A. Supervisor’s Plan to Prevent Child Deaths like 4-Year-Old Noah Cuatro’s
Moving swiftly in the wake of the third high-profile child death to strike Los Angeles’ high desert in the past six years, L.A. County Supervisor Kathryn Barger intends to boost the area’s beleaguered child welfare workforce.