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Scottsdale to assist state in ignored CPS reports probe

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SCOTTSDALE, AZ (CBS5) -

Scottsdale Mayor Jim Lane says his city's police department will investigate all overlooked cases of child abuse in Scottsdale that were ignored by Child Protective Services.

Scottsdale will work with the Governor's Child Advocate Response examination Team (CARE) through the Office of Child Welfare Investigations, Lane said in a statement Tuesday.

He said the Scottsdale Police Department will form a task force that will investigate more than 140 reports that fall within Scottsdale's jurisdiction.

The commander in Scottsdale who will be overseeing the investigations said detectives will try to work on the cases during their regular duty and the department does not plan to have overtime from the cases.

"The fact that children in our community have gone neglected is absolutely and undeniably unacceptable," Lane said. "I encourage my fellow mayors to lend their city's resources as well."

It was revealed in late November that CPS had not investigated more than 6,500 reports of child abuse in the state since 2009.

"The Scottsdale Police Department's Investigative Services Bureau will begin combing through and investigating each and every one of these reports ASAP," Scottsdale police Chief Alan Rodbell said.

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